It was She Kataka from Mbale and Busia Trust from the Eastern Region together with Echoes and Olila High School from North East who came out on top in the Airtel Rising Stars U17 regional qualifiers played at Soroti Main Grounds.
Busia Trust SS held their nerves through a barren draw to defeat True Devine Academy 6-5 on penalties.
She Kataka then successfully defended their title after they defeated Town View Bugiri 5-3 also on penalties after a goalless draw in normal time.
Beatrice Adukule, Catherine Namataka, Zabinah Namboozo, Halima Nambafu, Esther Nabonyo all scored for She Kataka.
It was Halima Babirye, Shakira Nakasango, Rashida Nanangu who was on target for Town View, Bugiri, Eunice Namusubo missed her effort.
The North East girls final is another that couldn’t find a winner in normal time, Olila High School dethroned Echoes 3-1 on penalties after both teams had settled for a one-all draw in normal time.
Siprosa “Falcao” Amoding gave Olila the lead before Oliver Eromu equalised for Echoes as both teams tried to finish the job in normal time, but it wasn’t the case.
Olila scored the spot-kicks through Amoding, Cecilia Apiding, Eunice Ariokot with Sharon Achan missing hers. Lydia Ayango, Irene Martha Ajuro, Irene Adongo all missed their kicks for Echoes
Unfortunately, Olila High School couldn’t do a double as they lost the boys final 1-0 to Lifeline Academy from Bukedea, it was Michael Keddi’s lone strike that separated both teams.
The four winners qualify for the final tournament, joining Kawempe Muslim who won both the boys and girls titles in Kampala Region.
They will be joined by Rays of Grace and Kayindu SS who won the boys and girls titles in Buganda region respectively. The game head to Lira in seven days’ time for the North and West Nile regional qualifiers.
Individual and Team Accolades
Most Valuable Players – Girls
East: Esther Namata (She Kataka) – SmartPhone
North East: Sarah Anifo (Echoes High School) – SmartPhone
Most Valuable Players – Boys
East: Ivan Nabisingura (Busia Trust) – SmartPhone
North East: Ben Okiria (Olila High School) – SmartPhone
Top Scorers – Girls
East: Esther Namata (She Kataka) – Four Goals
North East: Amoding Sifora (Olila High School) – Three goals
Top Scorers – Boys
East: Shakuru Mafabi (Kataka) – Five Goals
North East: Michael Okeddi (Lifeline) – Six Goals
Best Goalkeepers – Girls
East: Elizabeth Nyago
North East: Eclas Ajumo (Olila High School)
Best Goalkeepers Boys
East: Ashraf Wambye (True Vine Academy)
North East: Edward Etewo
North East Girls
Winners: Gold Trophy, Silver Medals, Certificates & Shs1M
Runners up: Echoes High School, Soroti – Silver Trophy, Gold Medals, Certificates & Shs1M
North East Boys
Winners: Lifeline (Bukedea) – Gold Trophy, Gold Medals, Certificates & Shs1.5 M
Runners up: Olila High School (Soroti), Trophy, Silver Medals, Certificates & Shs1M
Winners: She Kataka (Mbale) – Gold Trophy, Silver Medals, Certificates & Shs1.5 M
Runners up: True Vine Academy (Tororo) – Silver Trophy, Silver Medals, Certificates & Shs 1M
Winners: Busia Trust SS (Busia) – Gold Trophy, Silvers Medals, Certificates & Shs1.5M
Runners up: Olila High School, Silver Trophy, Silver Medals, Certificates & Shs1M