It's all-Eastern Province affair in ARS boys final

EASTERN PROVINCE teams, Kayonza and Gatsibo, will meet in the final of the boys' Airtel Rising Stars U-17 championship after beating City of Kigali opponents in the semi-finals on Saturday at Ferwafa Grounds.
This year's Airtel Rising Stars youth championships reaches the finals in both genders next weekend. (Courtesy)
This year's Airtel Rising Stars youth championships reaches the finals in both genders next weekend. (Courtesy)

Saturday

Semi-Finals
Play4Hope 0-0 Kayonza (Pen 1-4)

Gatsibo 2-0 Top Guys

Quarter-Finals
Top Guys 1-0 Umurabyo

Play4Hope 1-0 Rusizi
Gatsibo 3-1 Bigogwe
Kayonza 1-1 Rubavu (Pen 4-2)

EASTERN PROVINCE teams, Kayonza and Gatsibo, will meet in the final of the boys’ Airtel Rising Stars U-17 championship after beating City of Kigali opponents in the semi-finals on Saturday at Ferwafa Grounds.

Kayonza Football Training Center beat Kigali’s Play4Hope Academy 4-1 on shootouts after regular match time ended in a goalless draw. Play4Hope dominated the game in normal time and had several good goal-scoring opportunities but Kayonza’s goalkeeper Hassan Mudage stood firm to deny them with a couple of fine saves.  He also saved one of the shootouts.

In the second semi-final, Gatsibo Academy beat last year’s second runners-up Top Guys 2-0 thanks to goals from Fiston Ishimwe early on in the first half, and Edison Kamanzi, who netted a penalty in stoppage time.

Sixteen-year old Ishimwe, one of the outstanding players Saturday told Times Sport after the match, “I’m happy for the victory, this was a tough game for us. In the girls’ category, the quarter-final and semi-finals matches were due to be played yesterday at Kicukiro Grounds. The finals in both genders are scheduled for the weekend of August 1-3.

 

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