The Airtel Rising Stars North and West Nile regional qualifier games were held in Gulu town over the weekend. The games were played at different venues in Gulu with the finals being held at Pece Stadium.
The regional games took place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of September with Destiny Sports Academy (boys from Northern region), King James (girls from Northern region) and Adjumani boys (boys from West Nile region), Adjumani Girls (girls from West Nile region) emerging as the winning teams from the two regions.
The Winning teams for both boys and girls from the East and North Eastern regions, won trophies, certificates, balls, kits and cash prize of UGX 1,000,000 each. While the boys’ and girls’ first runners up, took home trophies, certificates, and a cash of UGX 500,000 each.
The boys and girls that exhibited remarkable talent were selected from the different regional teams to represent their regions in the national championships to take place in Mbarara in October.
Speaking at the games in Gulu, Airtel Uganda Brands Assets and Properties Executive, Musa Mayanja, said; “Airtel is dedicated to nurturing young talent through the Under 17 grassroots football initiative that enables us to reach out to the youth.”
“It is our desire to see young people live their dream and soccer is one of our major platforms in doing so. This soccer tournament provides this opportunity to the youngsters and creates a great opportunity for the players to engage more in the game,” Mayanja added.
The Airtel Rising Stars football initiative is the the biggest Under-17 grassroots tournament on the African continent and aims at identifying talent and nurturing upcoming footballers. This is one of the few football equal opportunity initiatives that targets boys and girls. Over the years, the Airtel Rising Stars initiative has yielded many success stories and has enabled several upcoming soccer talents to join Africa Premier League clubs and their countries’ national teams.
The West Nile and Northern regional games mark the end of the countrywide regional qualifiers that have witnessed action through every part of the country. Airtel, currently the largest supporter of youth football on the continent, has partnered with FUFA to ensure that football regulations are followed in Uganda.