YOUTH FOOTBALL: ARS 4; Kampala, Kitara win titles

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Airtel Rising Stars National finals Season IV:

Girls Final: Kampala 1 – 0 West

Boys Final : Kampala 0 – 1 Kitara

The FUFA Airtel Rising Stars U-17 season 4 have concluded at the Buhinga grounds in Fort Portal today.

Kampala has won the girls’ category after overcoming defending Champions, West in a closely contested match.

Esther Naluyimba scored in the 85th minute to grant Kampala the lead which inevitably turned out to be the match winner.

FUFA CEO, Edgar Watson hands the runners up trophy to Kampala and their Ug.shs 3M dummy cheque.

In the boys’ category, Alex Ssentongo’s well timed volleyed effort on 26 minutes ensured the title remains on home turf.

FUFA Vice President,Darius Mugoye  hands over the Kampala Girls team the trophy and the Ug.shs 5M dummy cheque.

The two finals were watched by a lively big crowd that included FUFA Vice President, Darius Mugoye, CEO, Edgar Watson, Technical Director, Asuman Lubowa, Uganda Cranes head coach, Milutin ‘Micho‘ Sedrojevic, Crested Cranes head coach, Majidah Nantanda, U-17 national team coach, Matia Lule and Women representative on the FUFA Executive, Mariam Kaliga.

FUFA CEO, Edgar Watson (left) and Cranes Head Coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sedrojevic at Buhinga Stadium, Fort Portal.

Uganda Cranes players, Goalie Benjamin Ochan and striker Yunus Ssentamu also watched the youngsters.

The winners took home Ug.shs 5M while the runners up pocketed Ug.shs 3M.

The King of Toro Kingdom, Oyo Nyimba graced the match as chief guest.

King Oyo Nyimba IV (In White) as he inspected the boys’ winning team, Kitara region.

A select team of 18 boys and girls have been selected to represent team Uganda at the Africa Airtel Risings Stars football tournament that will be held in Gabon, in September 2014.

Buganda’s Stephen Okot and Kampala’s Annet Nakaliga have been voted the Most Valuable players (MVP) at the tourney.

Last year, the African championships were held in Nigeria.

Airtel Uganda is the exclusive sponsor of the project with Rwenzori Mineral water the supporting partner.

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