Airtel Rising Stars (ARS)
Semi finals, Friday
Eastern vs West Nile
Buganda vs Kitara
Kampala vs Buganda
Northern vs Eastern
The 8th edition of Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) comes to an end this Saturday at MUBS grounds in Nakawa.
The annual U17 Boys and Girls tournament has continued to expose new young talents that can be tapped by different schools, junior sides and the national teams.
As the 2019 edition comes to an end this weekend, FUFA Women Football Development Officer Joan Namusisi believes that the timing of this year’s edition national finals ahead of the Girls U17 national team selection exercise was timely.
“The Airtel Rising Stars grand finals for the 2019 edition are timely. They have come at a time when we are scouting for the U17 Girls to make the national U17 team that will be used at the Cosafa U17 championship in Mauritius. I thank Airtel-Uganda, the teams, parents and FUFA for the collective effort of making this championship a complete success,” Namusisi told Airtel Football.
This year’s national finals kicked off on Wednesday in Kampala at NEC Coffee grounds –Bugolobi and UCIT grounds-Nakawa. All the eight FUFA regions represented by a boy and girl’s team which makes a total number 16 teams participating.
In some of the Boys games played on Thursday, Western lost 1-0 to Buganda courtesy of Julius Owomukama goal, Kampala beat Eastern 3-1 with goals from Sabrian Yasin and a brace by Jeremaya Jabera who took his tally to six while Alex Kankwasa scored for Eastern.
North East were 2-0 winners at West Nile with Raymond Okuku and Zacheous Ocen getting the goals.
Kitara beat Western 1-0 courtesy of Simon Peter Hakim goal but both Kitara and Western failed to make it to the semi finals played this Friday.
In the Boys semi final, Holders Buganda play rivals Kampala in a repeat of last year’s final that Buganda in penalties to lift the title while Girls defending champions Kitara region will be up against Buganda.