LILONGWE (Malawi NewsNow ) —The 2015 season of Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) is here, the countdown to the finals is ticking and all is set to take centre stage this Sunday 23rd August at the Kamuzu Stadium.
Key on the menu of activities to spice up the finals, include an exclusive match between the Airtel Rising Stars select team and the Malawi National Team.
Airtel Malawi’s Brands and Communications Manager, Ms Isabel Kachinjika said this season of ARS has been impressive and all is set for the finals.
“About 850 schools participated and the tournament had to go through 3 phases to reach to the final stage: district, divisional and national finals. Six teams, of girls and boys each, qualified from the divisional finals and they will play on 21st and 22nd August to get to the finals,” explained Kachinjika…
MK1 million prize money is awaiting champions in the boys and girls categories…
Kachinjika also disclosed that individual outstanding players will be decorated with cash prizes as well.
Player of the tournament and top goal scorers in the boys and girls category will each get MK50,000.
Airtel Rising Stars is the most competitive and lucrative tournament that seeks to unearth raw soccer talent in under 17 boys and girls.
In the previous editions of the tournament, national winners in both boys’ and girls’ categories were partaking in a pan African ARS tournament outside the country, and outstanding players were privileged to undergo soccer clinics courtesy of Manchester United and Arsenal personnel.
Meanwhile, Airtel says it is pleased to note that the tournament has been instrumental in exposing talent such that most of its products are playing in big teams and also feature in the male and female national football teams.
To enter the exciting finale, Soccer lovers will pay MK250 and get a MK250 airtel scratch card. There will also be lots of Airtel branded giveaways.