Impact of ARS in domestic football

23Feb 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Impact of ARS in domestic football

AIRTEL Rising Stars (ARS) tournament has now become a household name in Tanzanian football owing to its impact and positive consequences.

Temeke girls’ under 17 soccer team celebrating victory after winning the sixth edition of ARS last year. The team cruised to 5-4 victory over Ilala in tense shootout.

Almost every young football player dreams of featuring in the tournament that has proved beyond reasonable doubt to be a gateway in terms of building the future for those teenagers who have chosen soccer as their career.

Now looking for its seventh edition, the tournament has left a pile of memories during its previous edition.

The sixth edition of U-17 youth tournament was launched in Dar es Salaam on June 30th.
A total of 9 regions took part in the tournament which was played from grassroots and the best players selected to form a combine team which represented region to national finals held in Dar es Salaam. The regions were Zanzibar, Arusha, Lindi, Kinondoni, Ilala and Temeke for girls’ teams. Morogoro, Mwanza, Mbeya, Ilala, Kinondoni and Temeke fielded boys’ teams.

The national finals kicked off on September 6th to 12th with the Minister for Information, Culture and Sports Nape Nnauye presiding as the guest of honour at the finals.

A total of 65 players, 40 boys and the rest girls, were selected to participate at the ARS clinic held early last month in Dar es Salaam’s Karume Memorial Stadium for boys and JK Youth Park for girls.

The objective of the clinic was to screen the selected players and get the best who would be included at the national youth teams.

During the clinic which was conducted by the TFF youth technical advisor Kim Poulsen assisted by the U-17 National coach Bakari Shime and U-14 national coach Oscar Milambo, 17 boys here selected to join Serengeti Boys, as three girls secured their place to join Kilimanjaro Queens.

After the end of the clinic, the 17 boys where called and later screened to remain with 12 best players who will officially join the current U-17 national team, Sengereti Boys. Before the inclusion of the new players, Serengeti Boys team was made of 11 players who were selected from previous Airtel Rising Stars edition.

The 12 selected players and their respective regions where they hail are Hamis Mustafa, Ramadhan Kawambwa, Abdul Suleiman and Said Musa (Temeke).

Others were Anthony Fred (Mbeya), Jabir Masumbuko and Najim Mussa (Morogoro), Hamis Jumapili, Mathias Julian, Jamal Abdul, Marco Gerald (Ilala) and Rajabu Ally (Kinondoni)