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Uganda Martyrs, KJT win Kampala rising stars tourney

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 16th July 2018 01:20 PM

FUFA’s Chris Kalibbala presided over the prize ceremony alongside Airtel’s Noela Byuma and Kisakye.

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KJT boys team celebrate winning the Kampala Region Airtel Rising Stars tournament at Sendi ground Wankulukuku. PHOTOS: Michael Nsubuga

FUFA’s Chris Kalibbala presided over the prize ceremony alongside Airtel’s Noela Byuma and Kisakye.

Kampala Junior Team’s Edrisa Kabonge’s second half penalty proved decisive as they beat Spartan 1-0 to win the Kampala Region Airtel Rising Stars U-17 qualifiers at Sendi ground Wankulukuku on Sunday.

Kabonge’s pounced after Abbas Kyeyune was fouled by Spartan defender James Jjuuko in the second half not only to ensure his side took the sh1m prize, but also strengthening his claim to the Most Valuable player Award.

In the girls final, Latifah Nakasi’s strike was enough to win them the trophy and similar cash prize, as the runners up in both categories pocketed sh500, 000/- each, in the 7th edition of the championship.

Airtel Head-Brand and Communications Remmy Kisakye advised the community and the youth to take such tournaments seriously reasoning that they are the foundation for future stars like some who are currently playing for the Cranes who came through the same.

“As a brand we are still committed to take football to another level and we shall continue to focus on the grassroots in order to unearth new talent for the country,” Kisakye said.

 KJT's Davis Lubega (right) vies for the ball with Spartan's Joel Kiiza during the finals of the Kampala Region Airtel Rising Stars U-17 tournament 

FUFA’s Chris Kalibbala presided over the prize ceremony alongside Airtel’s Noela Byuma and Kisakye.

This weekend the search for Uganda’s future stars heads to Masaka before other qualifiers in Bushenyi, Soroti, Arua, and other parts of the country before the national finals in Fort Portal at the end of August.

Meanwhile, KJT who recently won the International U-19 Youth Championship in Spain paid a courtesy visit to the France ambassador to Uganda Ri and presented her the trophy they won after beating CF Lanucia 2-1 in the final last month.

Following their triumph seven of their players will head back to Spain for trials and for a chance to start their professional careers.

Individual Awards

MVP’s

Girls:  Hadijah Nandago (Arrows)

Boys: Edrisa Kabonge (KJT)

Top Scorers

Girls: Brendah Nakayenga (Kawempe Muslim) 2 goals

Boys: Abbas Kyeyune (KJT) 3 goals

Best goalkeepers

Girls: Sharon Kayindu (Uganda Martyrs)

Boys: Mustafa Ssenabulya (Spartan)

Semi finals

Kawempe Muslim 0 (6) Uganda Martyrs 0 (7)

Katuso 0 Gaddafi 1

Spartan 1 (7) Goldstar 1 (6)

KJT 2 St. Mary’s 0

Finals

Girls: Martyrs 1 Gaddafi 0

Boys: Spartan 0 KJT 1                       

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