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Ambition drives Koboko's Kassim as his side wins West Nile ARS tourney

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 20th August 2019 06:23 PM

Kassim was key as his side Koboko boys beat Bright Light 1-0 in the West Nile region final. Saidi Sukur first-half strike ensured the victory for the West Nile side.

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Coach Oliver Mbekeka (left) presents prizes to the Western Region best goalkeeper Twalib Kassim after the Airtel Rising Stars tournament in Lira, August 18 2019. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga

Kassim was key as his side Koboko boys beat Bright Light 1-0 in the West Nile region final. Saidi Sukur first-half strike ensured the victory for the West Nile side.

 
Koboko FC’s goalkeeper Twalib Kassim dreams of playing for the Cranes and believes he will even surpass what current Cranes goalkeeper Denis Onyango has achieved for the country.
 
Okech spoke confidently after picking his best goalkeeper award, the second in his career, after the northern and West Nile Airtel Rising Stars regional finals at the Uganda Technical College ground in Lira on Sunday.
 
“I wanted to win this award and I’m also targeting winning it again at the national level because I want to continue with my career and play in Europe for teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich,” Kassim said
 
“I even want to better Denis Onyango’s record with the Cranes in future,”
 
Kassim was key as his side Koboko boys beat Bright Light 1-0 in the West Nile region final. Saidi Sukur first-half strike ensured the victory for the West Nile side.
 
“We were committed to winning this championship because we had never won it, not even any team from our district. If we show the same commitment we can even win the nationals,” Kassim stated.
 
In the girls’ final Rose Mary Ababiku & Lillian Chandia goals ensured Simba from Koboko won the girls’ title over Paidha Women from Zombo.
 
In the northern region finals, Amugu SS and Pece United took the honours and the winners’ cash prize of sh1.5m each after beating Lioness 1-0 through a Beatrice Adongo strike while Pece United also edged Credo FC 1-0 in the boys’ final.
 
Earlier on Saturday, Police had to fire tear gas to disperse angry protests from Amuru players who had had their petition against Pece dismissed in one of the ugly scenes of the three-day tournament.
 
Individual Awards
 
Northern Region
 
MVP’s
 
Boys: Juma Okot (Pece)
 
Girls: Elizabeth Apili (The Lioness)
 
Top scorers
 
Boys: Stephen Ekuka (Soccer Legend)
 
Girls: Hellen Aguti (Amugu)
 
Best goalkeepers
 
Boys: Maxwel Okech (Credo FC)
 
Girls: Rebecca Auma (Amugu)
 
West Nile Region
 
MVP’s
 
Boys: Saidi Sukur (Koboko)
 
Girls: Lillian Chandia (Simba)
 
Top scorers
 
Boys: Rogers Mugu Okwai (Koboko Boys)
 
Girls: Hellen Aguti (Amugu)
 
Best goalkeepers
 
Boys: Twalib Kassim (Koboko)
 
Girls: Lydia Aserua (Simba)
 
Finals Results-Northern
 
Boys: Pece United 1 Credo FC 0
 
Girls: Amugu SS 1 Lioness 0
 
Finals Results-West Nile
 
Boys: Koboko Boys 1 Bright Light 0
 
Girls: Simba 2 Paidha Women 0
 

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