PIC: Alex Asiimwe (centre) challenging Rutooma Raising Stars during the opening match. (Credit: Job Namanya)
Sixty teams are taking part in the seventh edition of the Kabale Youth Football Tournament, sponsored by Emma and Teresa children project, that kicked off in Kabale on Monday.
Forty-eight boys’ teams and 12 girls’ teams registered to participate in this year’s tournament.
The participating teams have been graded in three categories according to age.
The 10-11 years category consists 16 teams for boys and two teams for girls, the 13-14 year group has 16 teams for boys and five teams for girls, while the 16-18 year category consists 16 teams for boys and five teams for girls.
In the opening matches in the under 10-11 years category, Boys Central Division FC beat Rutooma Raising Stars FC by 1-0. The goal was scored by Alex Asiimwe in the second minute of the game as Rising Stars beat CJ Girls 1-0.
In the under-14 boys category, Emma Boys beat Shepherd Centre 2-0, whereas in the girls category, Kigezi Soccer drew with Unique Sports Academy 0-0.
In the under 17 boys, Unique beat Kigezi soccer 1-0, while in the girls category, Emma Girls beat Bright Stars 1-0.
While opening the tournament, Sam Arinaitwe, the central division LC3 chairperson urged parents to always encourage their children to engage in sports activities so as to develop their skills.
Alex Musinguzi, the co-ordinator of the tournament, said the competition began in 2013, with four teams. It focused on former street kids as way of keeping them busy during holidays.