Temeke girls win ARS title

12Sep 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Temeke girls win ARS title

TEMEKE Girls became champions of the sixth edition of the U-17 Airtel Rising Stars when they beat Ilala by 5-4 in the post match penalties after battling to a two-all draw in the regular 90 minutes.

Ilala were the first to score in the 9th minute when Dinangwe Atupele scored with a close range before Nasma added the second goal in the 53rd minute. The goals boosted Ilala’s morale and continued to excel.

Temeke regained composure in the 59th minute when Batuli Hassani pulled one back with a powerful shot which left Ilala goalkeeper sprawling on the turf haplessly. They equalised in 62nd minute through a spot kick after their striker was brought down in the box.

Temeke got their penalties through Shamimu Hamis, Oppa Msolidi, Christina Daudi, Yustina Mboje and Eva Wailes While Ilala scored theirs through Jackline Albert, Zainab Mrisho, Grace Tom and Eva Charles.

Meanwhile, Temeke Boys won the third slot of the U-17 national ARS finals when they beat Kinondoni 5-4 in a post match penalty shootout following a 0-0 deadlock in regulation time.

The closely-contested match which kept coaches on their toes, throughout started on a quick pace with each side looking for an early goal but, surprisingly enough, all scoring opportunities did not bear fruit.

“The match was so tough and I am not surprised that the winner was obtained through penalties”, said Kinondoni coach Everist Katomondo and commended Temeke for becoming third-placed winners of the tournament. He praised the standard of football showcased by the youngsters throughout the competition.

On his part, Temeke coach Shawwal Bilanga thanked his players for being calm and focused during penalties. Temeke got their penalties through Ramadhani Kawambo, Frank Mlawa, Suleiman Suleiman, Ismail Kovu and Salum Salum. Said Maulid’s kick sailed above the cross bar.

Kinondoni’s penalties were converted by Shaban Mohamed, Ally Hamis, Muhando Mustapher and Sulum Yusuph. Those who missed are Michael Gerald and Salum Shaban.

However, Kinondoni managed to win the third prize in girls’ category when they slashed visiting Arusha 2-0. Both goals were scored by Veronica Mapunda who was outstanding throughout the match.

Mapunda scored the first goal in the 15th minute when she outraced Arusha defenders to slot the ball into the net with a powerful shoot. The goal evoked wild celebrations from supporters. Until half time the score was 1-0.

On resumption, both teams made some changes which however, did not change the mode of the game and Mapunda was at it again in the 55th minute when she received a cross from the left wing to register the second goal.