A young Nottingham Forest outfit fell to a 4-1 defeat to South African outfit Stellenbosch FC on Wednesday evening at Leicester City’s training ground.

The Reds had entered a team in the prestigious Next Generation Cup funded by the Premier League.

For this year’s event teams from South Africa and India are taking part with eight teams split into top groups of four.

Forest were placed in the Midland group with Leicester and Bengaluru FC taking part in the other game.

Forest Next Generation Cup
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The tournament is traditionally for under-23 teams, although it was a very young side that went down to Stellenbosch.

With the game taking place just 24 hours after Forest’s friendly at Notts County, some changes were required.

A number of the under-23 players were utilised by Steve Cooper in that game and that ruled them out of this one.

Sam Collins scored a beauty of a goal for the Reds during the clash but his equaliser ultimately proved in vain.

A more experienced Stellenbosch outfit secured a comfortable win and will face Leicester in the group final.

Forest will face Indian outfit Bengaluru FC in the third and fourth place match on Sunday afternoon.

Despite the defeat, this will have represented a good experience for the group and they will learn from it.

Forest defeated by Stellenbosch in Next Generation Cup

The Reds enjoyed a solid campaign at under-23 and under-18 level during 2021/22/.

For the under-23s they reached the play-offs during their maiden campaign playing Premier League 2 football.

Andy Reid worked wonders with the group and naturally, they can be proud of their efforts.

The under-18s reached the FA Youth Cup Final where they narrowly lost 3-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Forest Next Generation Cup
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This outing against Stellenbosch won’t have knocked the confidence and instead, they’ll use it as a learning curve.

The South African outfit played a number of older players and that level of experience in youth football told.

Forest will hope to finish with a flourish on Sunday evening and claim third place in their first ever Next Generation Cup.

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