Sandra Owusu-Ansah, one of the four girls who took part in the Airtel Rising Stars inter-country tournament in Nigeria scored in the opening match between Ghana and the Republic of Korea in the ongoing FIFA U-17 world cup tournament in Costa Rica. The four are Sandra Owusu-Ansah, Kubrah Abubakari, Florence Fosuaa Annor and Belinda Anane. They all represented the Ashanti Region during the national competition played last year.
Head of Corporate Communications at Airtel Ghana, Donald Gwira in a release congratulated the players for continuing to blaze the path that another Airtel Rising Star, Priscilla Okyere started last year. Priscilla Okyere was a participant of the maiden edition of Airtel Rising Stars maiden edition four years ago and she led the Black Maidens to win Africa?s first medal at a FIFA organized event for women, scoring the winning goal; against Germany in the process.
?What we are seeing further gives credence to the dreams that we set out to achieve with ARS. It is our dream that through ARS we shall give more opportunities for a lot more people to experience football at a level they are not usually used to?, Donald Gwira said. He added that the 2014 edition of ARS will soon be launched.
Airtel Rising Stars is a sports talent initiative introduced by Airtel that seeks to discover and nurture talented under 17 years male and female footballers who otherwise would have gone unnoticed and untapped. The initiative runs in all 17 Airtel operations across Africa and seeks to bring to light the skills of these young and talented ones by giving them the platform to become world class football stars.