Play4Hope 0-0 Kayonza (pen 1-4)
Gatsibo 2-0 Top Guys
Top Guys 1-0 Umurabyo
Play4Hope 1-0 Rusizi
Gatsibo 3-1 Bigogwe
Kayonza 1-1 Rubavu (pen 4-2)
EASTERN PROVINCE team; 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.