Airtel’s Philip Sowah and GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi pose with one of the champions in previous edition
Africa’s most comprehensive search for young football talent, Airtel Rising Stars, will screen at least 2000 Ghanaians, both male and female between June and July this year.
The footballers will be drawn from every region of the country on a zonal selection basis coordinated by the Ghana Football Association.
Airtel Rising Stars, which is in its fourth year, has become the best collaborative effort between the Ghana Football Association and any of its partners at promoting juvenile football in the country.
Since its inception in 2011, Airtel Rising Stars has produced players for the national juvenile teams. Notable among them is Priscilla Okyere, who captained the National U-17women’s team to a bronze finish at the World Cup and currently plays for the National U-21 team.
Four more girls from Airtel Rising Stars also played for Ghana in the World U-17 in Costa Rica.
The Head of Corporate Communications at Airtel, Donald Dwira expects this year’s Airtel Rising Stars to have an even bigger impact on Ghana.
‘This year, we are targeting the Boys U-17 national team as well. We have made a huge statement with the Girls National Team and we will add to the numbers there. But we also want to find players who can have a chance with the National Boys Juvenile side or the Black Starlets. If we can find players worthy of representing their country, we will not only be helping them fulfill their talent, we will also help bring honour to the country,’ said Donald Dwira.
This year’s Airtel Rising Stars will be launched on the 28th of May in Accra.
The 10 regions of Ghana will be divided into four zones who will then compete in zonal championships in Ho, Kumasi, Cape Coast and Tamale. The best players from each zone will be selected to play a national finals competition to be held in Sunyani.
The Airtel Rising Stars championship in Gabon will feature 17 countries within which the Bharti Airtel Group, the global telecom giant operates in. The Airtel Rising Stars project is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of the group which is one of the most loved brands in Africa.
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