Airtel Uganda stars wrap-up
LIRA, UGANDA---THE sixth season of the Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) U-17 football tournament officially came to a close recently at UTC play grounds in Lira district northern Uganda.
Open to both boys and girls, the tournament featured 16 teams from eight regions across the country competing to take the coveted national championships trophy home.
The boys’ finals saw the Northern region outclass the Buganda region when they scored a quick fire two goals in the first half.
An own goal from Buganda region’s Musa Jjagwe gave Northern region an early lead. Not even Karim Byaruhanga’s second half goal could salvage some pride for Buganda who lost the match 2 – 1.
Their consolation came in the girls’ category when their selected team narrowly defeated Eastern region girls 1 – 0 to defend their title. The only goal of the game was scored by Josephine Ndagire in the first half.
Speaking at the end of the tournament, Airtel Uganda Public Relations Officer Faith Bugonzi said the ARS platform, over the past five seasons, has been a medium of talent discovery for young stars, some of whom have gone on to play for different clubs in Uganda as well as the national team.
“For the last six years, Airtel Uganda, through the Airtel Rising Stars U-17 boys’ and girls’ football programme, has remained focused to the goal of developing grassroots talent and we are committed to carrying on this programme for many more years,” she said.
The FUFA Vice President and Chief Guest, Justus Mugi- sha lauded Airtel Uganda for this great initiative.
“I would like to thank Airtel Uganda for not being self-centred with their sponsorship.
“Many sponsors come to us and only want to sponsor the Uganda Cranes but Airtel Uganda has proven to be the number one supporter of football in Uganda by sponsoring the beautiful game from the grass roots all the way to the top,” he said. Cash prizes were on offer and football kit.
GLEE: Nothern Region beat Buganda Region in the finals, but the latter got some comfort after the girls beat Eastern Region.