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Airtel Rising Stars Season 5 kicks off in Kampala

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The fifth consecutive season of Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) national U-17 football tournament for boys and girls officially kicked off this Thursday in Kampala.

The official opening ceremony of the grassroots tournament took place in Kampala at Sendi grounds, Kitebi Primary school. This marked the commencement of Season 5 of the tournament which aims to develop grassroots football by discovering talented youngsters and providing them with an opportunity to evolve and acquire new football skills and develop into notable soccer talents.

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Kabowa Youth team celebrates after receiving one million shillings from Airtel Uganda for winning the Kampala Region Boys final.

The tournament also builds capacity for sports officials while offering quality entertainment, excitement and fun to millions of soccer loving fans across the nation, especially the youth.

Commenting about the new Airtel Rising Stars season, Airtel’s Managing Director, Tom Gutjahr said the ARS platform in the past four seasons had led to the discovery and nurturing of young stars, some of whom have commenced their professional careers in football.

Gutjahraddedthat since Ugandans are passionate about football, Airtel is committed to building and sustaining a rich pool of talents that would serve as ready materials for the country’s national teams.

‘We are indeed happy that since its introduction, Airtel Rising Stars has played a major role in the nurturing of remarkable talents. We are therefore, proud to say that the Airtel Rising Stars initiative is gradually establishing itself as a strong feeder program for the national teams,” he said.

Airtel Uganda Brands and Assets Manager, Noela Byuma awards a player from Gadaffi Academy after they had won the Kampala Region Girls final.

Airtel Uganda Brands and Assets Manager, Noela Byuma awards a player from Gadaffi Academy after they won the Kampala Region Girls final.

The FUFA technical Director, Mr. Asuman Kiyinji commended Airtel Uganda on its commitment to the development of football in Uganda.  “Our youth have the potential to be a great impetus for Africa’s development, provided that an appropriate investment in human capital is made. This ARS initiative will help spotlight Africa’s potential, and I’m proud to be associated with such development,” he said.

The soccer talent program will end in an exclusive football camp for select top talents who would emerge from the respective countries under the tutelage of professional coaching staff from Arsenal FC, who will provide coaching clinics for the scouted talents under the Airtel Rising Stars platform.

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ESPN channels coming to DStv, customers to enjoy larger sports offering

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MultiChoice Group (MCG) and The Walt Disney Company Africa have announced that they have signed an exciting partnership which will see a significant addition to the sports available to its customers across the continent. The agreement will result in two 24-hour ESPN channels being made available to DStv customers from 29 July, where they will be able to enjoy the very best of US sports.

Featuring every major US sport as well as European football, fans across the continent can now look forward to popular premier American leagues including the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), and Major League Baseball (MLB), via ESPN & ESPN2.

The channels will also feature live football from the English Football League (EFL), Scottish Premier Football League (SPFL), Dutch Eredivisie and Major League Soccer (MLS), as well as local sports including the West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations and featured boxing tournaments and events.

During last month’s financial results announcement, MCG reaffirmed its commitment to continue providing the best available content to its customers. This deal allows the company to provide a larger sports offering than ever before, as the home of sports on the continent.

“As Africa’s leading video entertainment platform, we are unwavering in our commitment to ensure that we continue to find the best available content to delight our customers, both now and into the future. We endeavour to deliver both world-class international content as well as the very best in local content, giving our loyal customers a never-ending selection of outstanding entertainment,” says MultiChoice Group CEO, Calvo Mawela.

“From reliving the greatest moments in sports history to seeing those moments being made, ESPN’s compelling content and unique personality will be a complementary addition to MultiChoice Group’s sports offering,” says Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “We are thrilled to be bringing the achievements and triumphs of both international and local athletes, our quality storytelling and innovative programming to a whole new audience of sports fans in Africa.”

Together with the live sports programming, viewers will also be able to catch up on the very latest films, series, news, talk shows and highlights from ESPN’s iconic sports documentary and studio programming.

“In addition to being the home of American sports, ESPN is equally well-known for its dedication to great storytelling, something we as Africa’s most-loved storyteller can identify with,” concluded Mawela.

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God’s Plan Eyeing To Join Ugandan Professional Soccer

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Kampala City socialite, Sheila Gashumba’s boyfriend, Ali Marcus Lwanga aka God’s Plan has finally re-thought about his dull soccer career after over 10years.

God’s Plan who last had a professional soccer moment over 10years ago is set to make a recap and this time round he is eager to have it in one of his home country, Uganda’s football clubs.

Might join a professional Ugandan team for next season. What you guys think?” Marcus wrote on his social media.

Ali Marcus Lwanga (God’s Plan)

In his early age, God’s Plan played for Arsenal and Yeovil town Youth and reserves in England.

Unfortunately, Marcus lost touch with his talent after ten years in jail.

We will keep you posted

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