ARS: Chad Face Kenya, As Nigeria Battle Ghana


*Players of Uganda and Kenya slugging it out during the 2013 Airtel Rising Stars, ARS U-17 International tournament holding in Lagos, Nigeria.

Chad Republic will be up against Kenya in one of the quarter-final matches in the female category of the Airtel Rising Stars U-17 Africa Tournament. The team stunned analysts and predictions when they emerged top of group B with 9 points and four goals from three matches.

In their opening match, the lads from Central Africa stunned defending champion, Ghana whom they defeated by a lone goal. In the second group match decided on Wednesday, they ran away two goals better than their counterparts from Sierra Leone and defeated Zambia by a lone goal in the last group match.

Kenya on the other hand, lost their group and tournament opener 1-0 to Nigeria before coming back in the second match to secure a three nil victory over DRC. They were awarded three points and goals over Gabon after the latter withdrew from the last group match between the two.

Group C leader, Uganda will square up against First Best Loser, Malawi in another quarter final match to be decided at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium on Friday. Both teams had met at the group stage with Malawi recording a lone goal victory. Uganda had six points plus two goals advantage while Malawi had four points with two goals deficit.

Group C Runner up, Tanzania will take on their counterparts from the Democratic Republic of Congo who only booked a ticket to this stage as the second best loser despite starting the tournament on a bright note with an emphatic 8-1 thrashing of Gabon.

The Nigerian team are already drawn against defending champion, Ghana who secured their quarter final ticket on final day of the group matches with an emphatic 5-0 drubbing of Burkina Faso.

This year’s edition of the ARS kicked off Monday at the Agege Township Stadium with host Nigeria recording respective victories in the opening group matches against Kenya female and DRC male teams.

The Airtel Rising Stars Africa U-17 soccer tournament is a unique pan-African initiative of Airtel Africa designed to create a pool of talents to feed the national football teams of African countries.

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