U-17 AIRTEL RISING STARS: BUGANDA, KAMPALA TO LOCK HORNS IN AN ALL CENTRAL REGION TEAMS’ FINAL.

The 2018 Under 17 Airtel Rising stars tournament semifinals lived up to the billing keeping football fans in Fort Portal at close attention with the home fans having 3 western based teams at the tournament’s knockout stage despite only witnessing all the games go to penalty shootouts.

To begin with the male’s category,the  Buganda team needed to make a comeback against the northern region side to level matters  1-1  in the second half after being down at half time. The game was ultimately decided in penalties with the central region representatives winning (4)-(2). The game was a repeat of the 2016 Airtel rising stars finals in which the Northern region emerged as champions.

                            Kampala region goalkeeper dives to save a penalty during  penalty shootouts.

Kampala side on the other hand also booked their ticket to the finals after a 7-6 tense penalty shootout that put the crowd at tenterhooks since it had evidently rallied support behind the western region.

                             Kampala side Head coach Abubaker Sseguya watching proceedings against Western region.

Speaking about tomorrow’s final,”….we started with a 1-0 loss to Buganda region which helped us re-organize and we were able to win the subsequent fixtures, we prepared well for the semifinals, talked to the players. So far it has been hard to predict a weak team, the opponents have been competitive enough. Now that we are into the finals, the only thing we have to do is for the players to rest enough, have a good team talk and come up with an offensive game plan… I promise an entertaining display tomorrow…” Kampala head coach Abubaker Sseguya told Sports256.

Meanwhile, the western and Kitara regions will also face off in a western region girls final after managing to win in penalty shootouts 4-2 and 5-4 respectively.

                                 Kitara region goal keeper Cecilia Kamuli saving a penalty in the penalty shootouts against Eastern region

Today’s results.

Boys

Kampala 0(7)-0(6)

Buganda 1(4)-1(2)

Girls

Kitara 0(5)-0(4) Eastern

Western0 (4)-0(2) Kampala

Tomorrow 26 th , August 25, 2018

Finals at Buhinga grounds.

Kampala vs Buganda (Boys’ final) 4 pm

Kitara vs Western (Girls’ final) 12 pm

 

 

Moses Wantimba

A seasoned writer & sports statistician.

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