All is set for the national finals of the second season’s Airtel’s Colts’ football initiative – the Airtel Rising Stars (ARS).
This follows the completion of the two zonal competitions conducted in Kumasi and Cape Coast with the Brong-Ahafo regional team winning the Zone One event, which also involved regional teams from Ashanti, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions, whilst the Zone II event was won by the Volta Region which had Central, Greater Accra, Western and Eastern regions competing.
A statement issued and signed by Kwame Gyan, – Corporate Relations Manager of Airtel Ghana, copied to GNA Sports said that the two winning Regional teams would be joined by two select-sides from each zone as well as their female teams to compete for honours in the national finals to be held in Accra from the 3rd to the 6th of July.
The Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) initiative is being run in close collaboration with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and the National Juvenile Committee.
According to the statement, the two institutions have done a great job by picking young talents who have what it takes to make it into the national teams going into the future, adding that they believe the national finals in Accra will be very competitive.
It said the two winning teams – male and female teams will participate in an inter-country tournament to be staged in Nairobi, Kenya.
Six of the best players, four boys and two girls, would also take part in a one-week football clinic – in a country yet to be disclosed to help develop their skills.
The statement added that, “this year’s competition has seen an improvement over last year’s and Airtel Ghana is happy to be contributing to the rejuvenation of colts’ football and the discovery of new talents that will ultimately benefit the nation”.
Nii Odartey Lamptey, ex-Black Stars player and one of Airtel Rising Stars Ambassadors, commended Airtel Ghana for introducing the initiative last year and continuing with it.
According to him, colts’ football needs a lot of support and it is thus important for corporate Ghana to take a cue from Airtel’s support and help nurture new talents. “When most of us started, we did not get support like these lucky young ones are getting now; we keep telling them to be disciplined and be grateful for their chance”.
Airtel Rising Stars is a sports talent initiative introduced by Airtel that seeks to discover and nurture talented under-17 year male and female footballers.
The initiative runs in all Airtel operations across Africa and seeks to bring to light the skills of young and talented footballers by giving them the platform to become world class football stars. GNA