Even as global attention is focused on Brazil where the biggest football event, the World Cup is going on, Airtel Nigeria has named five cities as zonal camp hosts for season four of the annual Airtel Rising Stars U-17 football tournament.
The cities include Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Ilorin and they will play host to the screening camps from which zonal teams will emerge for the National Finals in July. The zonal camps open on June 30 beginning with Abuja and Ilorin
Lagos, Ibadan, Port Harcourt and Enugu served as zonal centres in the last three seasons of the tournament. The fifth centre, Ilorin, earned the spot following the grouping of Oyo State under Lagos zone.
Lagos will play host to participants from Ogun, Lagos, Oyo and Edo States while Kwara will have participants from Ekiti, Ondo, Osun and Kwara States. Enugu zone will have players drawn from Imo, Abia, Enugu and Anambra States. In the Port Harcourt zone, the four states expected include Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Delta. Abuja will feature players from the FCT, Nassarawa, Kogi, Plateau, Niger and Kaduna States.