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Kallon FC & Mahmoud FC crowned Airtel Rising Stars Western Area Champions

Kallon FC & Mahmoud FC crowned Airtel Rising Stars Western Area Champions

Mahmoud FC and Kallon FC Junior have both been crowned champions in different categories of the Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) Western Area regional tournament that came to an end at the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) academy ground on Sunday.

Kallon FC Junior won the boys’ category final after a 2-1 narrow victory over Med Man’s in hard fought battle.

Alimamy Bundu put Kallon FC ahead in the 12th minute when he finished up a cross from the left wing before Saidu Fofanah scored from outside the box with a well taken right-footed volley five minutes later to increase their lead to 2-0.

Med Mans reduced the scores as ten minutes after the break after skipper Abdulai Mansaray beautifully converted a penalty. They fought very hard to equalise but never succeeded.

Kallon FC Junior Captain Mamadu Z. Barrie receiving cash prize from Midium Hypes Imrana DJ Foxxy Barrie

Kallon FC Junior Captain Mamadu Z. Barrie receiving cash prize from Midium Hypes’ Imrana ‘DJ Foxxy’ Barrie

Rural Kings finished the tournament in third position after defeating Area Best 3-1 on penalties after it ended 2-2 at full time.

A second half goal from midfielder Sarah Bangura known as Saradinho gave Mahmoud FC a 1-0 victory over Young Stars to win the grand finale of the girls’ category and ensured that they retained their title.

The two sides had met before in the tournament’s opening game with the champions winning 4-1.

Mahmoud FC Captain Teresa Rose receiving cash prize from Airtel's Martha Johnson

Mahmoud FC Captain Teresa Rose receiving cash prize from Airtel’s Martha Johnson

Med United finished third position. The newly crowned champions for the two categories received a cash prize of Le 1m each whilst the runners-up teams got Le 750,000 each. The third placed teams bagged Le 500,000 each.

Already the technical committee of the ARS Western Area tournament has selected 18 players each for both categories to represent the region at the nationals in Makeni , and the names will be announced by Airtel on Tuesday.

John Konteh, one of the organisers of the tournament from Medium Hypes says is pleased with the tournament because they’ve achieved their main goal.

“The tournament was good and I’m pleased with it. I believe we have achieved our main goal which was identifying talents.”

He added: “We provided the environment for the players to showcase their talents and they’ve done exactly that.”

The ARS regional tournament takes centre stage in Kono from Thursday to Sunday.

Results

Girls

Final: Sunday 30th June 2013

Mahmoud FC 1-0 Young Stars

Saturday 29th June 2013

Mahmoud FC 4-0 Med United

Young Stars 2-0 Pama Queens

Young Stars 3-1 Med United (Penalty Shoot out)

Friday 28th June 2013

Young Stars 0-0 Med United

Mahmoud F C 7-1 Pama Queens

Thursday 27th June 2013

Mahmoud FC 4-1 Young Stars

Pama Queens 1-2 Med United

Boys

Final:  Kallon FC 2-1 Med Mans

Third Place: Area Best 2-2 (1-3-pen) Rural Kings

Saturday 29 June 2013

Kallon FC 3-1 Area Best

Real Friends 0-4 Med Man’s

Friday 28th June 2013

Bureh FC 1-2 Kallon FC

Rural Kings 1-0 Real Friends

Thursday 27th June 2013

Area Best 2-0 Bureh FC

Med Man’s 1-0 Rural Kings

Article and photographs by Mohamed Fajah Barrie in Freetown

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