NAIROBI, Kenya, June 28 – Aberdare’s Passenga Boys and Wiyeta Girls from Nzoia region will be out to defend their football titles when the Airtel Rising Stars secondary schools Term Two ‘B’ games kick-off July 6 across the country.
The sixth edition of the talent search competition will be launched on Wednesday in conjunction with the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) at the Upper Hill School.
Airtel Rising Stars program is designed to provide a structured platform for scouts and coaches to tap into a vast group of upcoming talent and build feeder systems for the Kenyan leagues.
The competition has over the years churned out talent that has gone on to grace the national stage, most notably Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga, who lit up the Kenyan Premier League with champions Gor Mahia, before making the move to play professional football in Sweden.
Also benefiting from the championship is Harambee Starlets forward Mwanahalima Adam ‘Dogo’ who played a vital part in the national women’s team qualification to African Cup of Nations when they held Algeria 1-1 at home to storm into their first ever AFCON on away goal rule.
“In 2011, we unveiled an ambitious football talent programme – the Airtel Rising Stars – that focuses on identifying and nurturing budding football talent from the grassroots onto a national stage,” Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi, said.
“The success of this tournament is testament to the fact that football has a unique ability to connect and empower communities, as well as to create a positive community impact from the grassroots to a national level.”