Airtel Rising Star Tournament hits North, Central regions


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sales "sans-serif";”>All the four teams have now already embarked on the uphill task of preparing for the finals that will be held in Fort Portal from June 26 to 30 joining Premier FC from Masindi and Amuria Crane City from Soroti who were the champions in eastern and western Uganda.

They will be joined by four more teams that will have won the remaining regional games which are going to be held in Lira, Tororo, Kabale and Kampala.

The Airtel Rising Stars initiative, the biggest Under-17 grassroots tournament on the African continent, aims at identifying talent and nurturing upcoming footballers making it one of the few football equal opportunity initiatives that targets boys and girls.

The selected players get opportunities for the best-in-class sports training during residential clinics that have over the years been held in various countries. This year’s clinic is due to take place in Gabon.

The tournament kicked off on Sunday, May 18 in Eastern and Western Uganda, with Masindi and Soroti districts hosting the first games.

Premier FC from Masindi got record double win after winning in both boys’ and girls’ categories and in Soroti, Amuria Crane City defeated Bukedea to take home the boys’ gold while AS Roma were the female champions.


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