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RSA Launches the Robert Kofi Mintah Award

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Robert Kofi Mintah aka Striker Award. The history behind this was as a result of the recent passing of a great man who served at the Academy for many years. Robert was very instrumental in the development of the Academy boys and implemented several policies vital to the operations and development of the Academy.

Every year, one scholar will receive this prestigious award for showing great character, excelling in education and working hard in all aspects of their life. These are key areas that Robert focused on whilst working at the Academy. A special shield has been designed to have all the award winners name engraved on them every year.

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The 2017 award was presented to Gershon Kotey by our UK Trustee Member and Chairman Richard Weal during a match day which the Stars won by 3 goals.

The first edition of this award was proudly sponsored by one of our trustees in the UK who also serves as the Chairman of the Board, Richard Weal. Gershon received a cash prize of 500 Cedis towards his educational materials for school and also had his name engraved on the Shield.

For more information and sponsorship for this award, kindly contact us at ghana@risingstarsofafrica.com or fill the form on this page.
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Sulley Ibrahim donates to Rising Stars Academy on Eid

Starlet ace Sulley Ibrahim donates items worth more than Ghc 5000 to the Rising Stars Academy in Accra on Monday the 26 June 2017. Items include a refrigerator, freezer, ice coolers, blenders and food items.
It is the philosophy of all scholars of the Academy to give back to support community projects and the very environment that helped shape him. Sulley recognises the importance of doing this and decided to use his allowance to help support the Academy.
Sulley featured for the Starlets in the just ended AFCON Tournament held in Gabon, which the starlets lost by a goal in the finals to their Malian counterpart. Sulley was instrumental for the Ghanaian Team and was amongst the few Top Scorers in the Tournament.
Sulley is now back at the Rising Stars Academy preparing  for the U17 World Cup scheduled in India later this year.
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RSA U16 Wins the TIC2F Tournament

Congratulations to Rising Stars of Africa U16’s  for winning the Tournoi International Centres des Formation de Football 2017 tournament hosted in Benin at the Stade De L’amitie stadium.
Day 1 and the U16 went into the first group game strong minded and prepared. The U16’s went 1-0 down but the boys turned it around to win 2-1. Amazing character and desire shown by all the boys to achieve this result.
Day 2 and the Second game of the group game saw the boys draw 1-1 this came frustrating as U16’s had shots on targets but couldn’t find the back of the net and hit the wood work twice.
Day 3 and the boys had a very hard and demanding day ahead of them with 3 games to be played all under 24hours.
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11am, Third group game underway. The boys started off strong, creating chances but again they where finding it hard to put the ball in the back on net which resulted in another 1-1 draw.
3:30pm, this was the fourth group game to be played. U16’s where ready to get back on winning ways and went into the game focused and ready to show the quality they could play.  The boys played high quality football all throughout the game with Haruna Natogma scoring twice saw Rising Stars win 2-0 at full time.
Day 4 and with a early start the boys kicked off the fifth group game. The boys knew a win would put them into the semi finals and that exactly what the boys done, Sadiq Bawa put the ball in the net to secure a 1-0 win. A very strong performance from the team to put them through to the semi final. The boys now had a days rest to prepare for the semi final.
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Semi final day and the boys where ready and focus. They were playing a local Ghanaian side who where very experience. The game proved hard throughout and after full time time the game stood at 0-0. There was no extra time and it went straight to penalty shoot out. Rising Stars of Africa won the shoot out 5-4 after a great save from China which put the team through to the final.
The Final, the boys were determined to see this game through after all their hard work they have put in all throughout the tournament. The boys started the game strong and refused to lose this game but went 1-0 as Etoiles de mande were  proving to be a strong side. Half time approached and the boys went into the second half wanting to prove what they were made of. Haruna pulled one back for Rising Stars to make it 1-1 before Sadiq finished the game off by making it 2-1!
Rising Stars of Africa lifted the trophy and where winners of the tournament. The boys dedicated the win in memory of Robert Kofi Mintah who sadly passed away a day before the final. Robert was a big part of the staffing team for Rising Stars and he played a huge part in all the boys lives.
 Awal Sherif was awarded best goalkeeper of the tournament and Peter Effah was award best players of the tournament.
(left )Awal Sherif was awarded best goalkeeper of the tournament and (right) Peter Effah was award best players of the tournament.

(left )Awal Sherif was awarded best goalkeeper of the tournament and (right) Peter Effah was award best players of the tournament.

Everyone from Rising Stars of Africa congratulates the U16 for the hard work, determination and character shown throughout the tournament.
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Three Academy Boys at Liverpool FC Academy

This year saw three of our Academy Boys depart to Liverpool FC in the UK for a training programme aimed at improving the standard of the boys in a different environment and to play alongside some of the great talents in the world.
The boys included Shaban Muntari, Wisdom Afrani and Sulley Ibrahim. Under the supervision of top quality coaches, the three youngsters received great exposure to play alongside some great talents at the Liverpool Academy for which some have been promoted to the senior first Team for the 2016/2017 Premier League Season.
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Wisdom had the opportunity to play for Liverpool U15 against the Malaysian U15 for which many will agree he was one of the best players on the field if not the best. The Malaysian side won by 3:2 at the end.
After the successful training programme, Sulley was invited to join the Ghanaian National U17 that have recently qualified for the African Championship for which Sulley was part of every game of their campaign to the Finals.
Shaban Muntari is on loan to Ghanaian Premier league giants Inter Allies for the 2016/17 league season.
Alex Adjetey with his coach at South Kent School in Connecticut USA.

Alex Adjetey won the South Kent School Golden boot award for this season

We have some great news about one of our Academy graduates. Alex Adjetey who is studying at South Kent School in Connecticut USA has won the Golden boot award for this season. Alex won the prestigious award for his 15 goals and 5 assists this season, which in turn has helped South Kent to win the Top Drawer Soccer National Championship.

Alex Adjetey with his coach at South Kent School in Connecticut USA.

Alex Adjetey with his coach at South Kent School in Connecticut USA.

Achievements like this are why we run the Charity Academy, changing lives and inspiring new generations. To continue this great work we need your support, please get in contact with us and find out how you can help Rising Stars of Africa.

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Football trials in UK

After completing a successful first two weeks of the UK tour in Portsmouth, our three academy boys moved on to Scotland where they will be spending the next month training with St Mirren. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the boys to broaden their perspectives on football in the UK and Europe.

Other top level clubs in the UK such as Chelsea and Manchester City have also taken interest in what we are doing as a charity so the future for these boys and the charity as a whole is looking very exciting.

Below are photos;

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Our Under 11’s Triumph at Tournament

Our newest recruits to Under 11 side triumphed at the Right to Dream under 11’s tournament last Saturday, 10th Febuary 2016 .

After a shaky start in the first match the players adjusted to the pitch and match format – 10 minutes each side with no off-side rule. The first match ended with a disappointing 2-0 defeat from the opposition and rival academy Right to Dream, but they picked themselves up and outshone their opponents in the second match of the group stage with a brilliant 2-1 win. As the boys found their game, they went from strength to strength for the rest of the tournament – the third match saw the team pick up even more momentum scoring goal after goal with the match finishing at a staggering 5-1 win to Rising Stars Academy. This fantastic score sealed Rising Stars Academy’s place in the tournament final

The tournament final saw Rising Stars Academy take on rival academy team, Right to Dream – unlike their first meeting at the beginning of the day’s tournament, neither team were able to outwit each other to score. At full time the score was still 0-0 and the referee added 10 minutes of extra time to the match, this still didn’t bring results and the game was taken to penalties. Rising Stars Academy started off well against their opponents as they took an early lead, scoring their penalties and saving the Right to Dream attempts; this was short-lived though and the teams were soon tied as they reached the end of the best of five shoot out. Rising Stars Academy clinched the match in the additional penalties added – fellow players from U13’s and U15’s were ecstatic and joined the boys in their celebrations along with the staff members that had accompanied them.

Before the teams called it a day, the presentation ceremony took place with two trophies being awarded – the first being for the winning team and the second being for the best player of the tournament. Rising Stars Academy were delighted to receive both trophies – winning the tournament and the best player award which went to one of our newest recruits, Richmond Asante aka Pedro.

All of the Rising Stars Academy players and staff were over the moon and extremely proud of their achievement. It just shows that hard work and determination really does pay off!

A huge congratulations goes to all of our Under 11’s – long may your successes continue!

The Rising Stars Academy  U17’s are competing in their own tournament this coming Friday (5th December) and we hope they are able to replicate the U11’s success from last weekend.

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Rising Stars Academy compete for National Tennis Ranking

Wednesday 5th February saw the National Tennis Centre, Accra, host the annual Ghana Tennis Association Competition held to determine National Rank.

Rising Stars of Africa Tennis players, George and Emmanuel, made up 2 of the youngest of the 64 competitors present at the tournament which would only see players contest one set.

Both of our young talents began with tough opening matches. George began on the centre court, defeating his opponent 6-2 in a confident and stylish fashion. Academy Tennis coach Yaya watched on from the sidelines and revealed that he was content with George’s performance:

“What I see today is better, 90% of it is in his head and he just needs to work on his focus.”

Emmanuel won the first game against an imposing and experienced rival that had almost as many extra inches in height as extra years of experience. Unfortunately, Emmanuel lost the set 2-6 to the former top ranked Ghana Junior player. Coach Yaya added:

“It was a very even match and I am delighted to see the progression Emmanuel is making when we train being transferred onto the courts in official matches. He has matched a very experienced and physically stronger opponent today and could quite easily have come out victorious.”

In the round of 32 George was drawn to play one of the highest ranked Ghanaian men players from last year. Giving away a huge deficit in size and power, appearing just minutes after his first round matchup, 15 year old George battled to a very credible 4-6 defeat in the intense afternoon sunshine. The quality of his opponent brought out a rousing and improved performance that captivated the crowd with some dazzling rallies and fantastic winning shots.

The boys acquitted themselves in admirable fashion and did not look out of place amongst the nation’s best players. Coach Yaya evaluated the performances:

“The main thing we have been working on is trying not to finish on every point. This aspect of both players’ performance pleased me today. The focus and mental aspects were good.”

A tired George said that he would be working harder on the physical side of his training after tiring greatly in his close defeat to one of the top Ghanaian mens players.

With the talent the Rising Stars of Africa  boys have demonstrated and possess, coupled with the quality of their play and attitudes against bigger, stronger and more experienced opponents, it will surely only be a matter of time until they are challenging each other and the other, younger, Tennis Academy players in the finals of this and other tournaments.