Mwanza RC opens ARS championship

02Aug 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Mwanza RC opens ARS championship

MWANZA Regional Commissioner honorable John Mongella is scheduled to open the regional level under seventeen Airtel Rising Stars football tournament at the DIT football ground today where Barass SC

John Mongella

and Alliance Sports Academy will battle it out in the curtain raiser billed to be competitive but exciting.

Briefing the media yesterday, the secretary general of the Mwanza Football Association Nasibu Mabrouk said all preparations were completed and urged Mwanza city football fans to turn out in big numbers to encourage and motivate the youngsters as they showcase talents.

Beside Barass SC and Alliance Sports Club, other teams taking part in the regional matches are Hamasa Sports Center, Jona Football Club, Nyamagana United and H.H.T Academy. All matches will be played at the DIT football ground.

According to the overall regional calendar released by the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), all the regional championships are required to climax at the end of this month to pave a way to the national finals to be staged at the Karume Memorial Stadium in Dar es Salaam for five days from September 6.

The talent searching tournament featuring girls and boys was launched in Dar es Salaam on Saturday with Ilala teams being given the honour to play the inaugural game. Matches for Temeke and Kinondoni are expected to be played today at separate venues within Dar es Salaam city. While Temeke uses Tandika Mabatini ground, Kinondoni teams are stationed at Tanganyika Packers, Kawe.

Elsewhere, Zanzibar teams will commence their matches on Friday, to be followed by the Southern Highland region of Mbeya who are planned to kick off their tournament on Tuesday, August 9. Other regions with their kick off dates in brackets are Lindi (August 12), Arusha (August 14) and Morogoro (August 17t).

Launching the Dar es Salaam based matches, the Tanzania Football Federation president Jamal Malinzi urged the youngsters to aim high so as to realise their dreams of becoming football stars.

Malinzi also challenged premier league and first division teams to treat ARS as a scouting platform for their own second strings. “This kind of tournament provides a good opportunity for the clubs to come and identify talents to recruit for their teams”, he said.