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YOUTH FOOTBALL: Airtel U-17 Rising stars conclude with Western and Central region qualifiers

YOUTH FOOTBALL: U-17 Airtel Rising Stars Regional football Qualifiers conclude

Western Region:

Boys:Nyakisanga Che (Sheema District)
Girls: Citizen B (Isingiro District)

Central Region:

Boys: Kayosa (Kawempe Division)
Girls: Kawempe Muslim S.S (Kawempe Division)

The 2014 Airtel Rising stars U-17 regional football qualifiers concluded over the weekend with the central and Western regions.

The Western region qualifiers were held in Kabale Municipality while Kampala held the central region event meant to be played by the Under 17 girls and boys.

In the Western region, home boys, Kigezi High (from Kabale district) were shocked by Sheema District’s Nyakisanga Che at the Kabale Municipal Stadium.
After an interesting 1 all draw in normal time, Nyakisanga Che won the spot kicks, thanks to a 4 -2 result.

In the girl’s category, Citizen school from Isingiro District dominated the feminine do as they managed to have both their two teams, Citizen A and B in the finals.

Citizen B won the final 1 – 0 courtesy of a well converted strike by the tournament’s top scorer, Bahati Zulupha in the 49th minute.

In the central region held by Rubaga Division, Kawempe had a clean sweep.

Two teams from Kawempe, Kayosa (boys) and Kawempe Muslim (Girls) were the respective winners in either gender.

After qualifiers in all the 8 regions of FUFA, preparations now turn to the national finals that will be held in Fort Portal from June 26th- 30th 2014.

Excelling players at the national finals will form team Uganda for a training camp in Gabon later this year.

The players will be selected by a panel of scouts who have been working with the programme since it started.

The girls’ scouts include, Majidah Nantandah (national female coach), Hadijah Namuyanja (FUFA female co-ordinator), Christine Wanyana (Assistant U-20 national ladies team).

The special male scouts are Coaches, Harunah Kebba, Frank ‘Video’ Anyau, former Cranes players Phillip Obwinyi and speed merchant, Hakim Magumba.

The tournament, marking the 4th edition received the full blessing of FUFA with the national team sponsors, Airtel Uganda bank rolling the tourney.

Rwenzori mineral water is the other partner.

PHOTO: Sheema District’s Nyakisanga Che boy’s team celebrate at Kabale Stadium after beating home team, Kigezi High School 4- 2 in penalties after a 1 all draw in normal time.

PHOTO CREDITS: FUFA Communications Department.

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