As expected, the increase in the number of youth tournaments played is guaranteed to widen the talent pool.
On Sunday, one such tournament, the Airtel Rising Stars, unearthed more talent as Season Four of the tourney got underway co-currently with regional tournaments in Soroti and Masindi.
Having failed to shine at the Copa Coca Cola schools tournament in Gulu earlier this month, Ibrahim Orit and Cooper Malinga certainly benefited from playing in this season’s rising stars’ tourney.
Apart from being chosen on the team that will represent the region in the finals at Fort Portal, the pair also scooped the region’s top scorer and best player awards. Orit was particularly impressive as his eight goals in seven games guided his Amuria Crane City side to victory over last year’s winners Bukedea in the boys’ final
“I was determined to do well in this tournament because my school performed poorly at the schools tournament,” an elated Orit whose Alliance school suffered early elimination said.
For Malinga, meanwhile, the tourney served as a platform for the youngster to audition his skills to interested schools after he dropped out while in senior two last year.
“I have not received any offers but the coaches told me I played well so may be some school might come for me,” he said with an expectant look.
There were also some eye-catching performances from the girls’ games particularly Nagudi Elizabeth who lit up the girls final with Ronaldinho-like tricks as AS Roma beat Eastern Heroines in the final.