By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Kallon FC Kenema were crowned Kenema champions in this year’s Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) Season IV tournament after defeating Kahunla Rangers 3-1 on post-game penalties.
The two sides played to a goalless draw in full-time before Kallon FC went on to lift the title, thanks to the penalty shoot-out success.
In the female challenge, it was Kahunla Queens who were crowned champions after seeing-off Jam Jam FC.
In Kono, it was newcomers Fofana FC who clinched the male title after a 6-5 post-game penalty win over Sangafullay FC. It could be recalled that Fofana FC were eliminated in the preliminary qualifiers but only came in as best losers due to their outstanding display.
The female battle in Kono saw Kono United defeating German Queens 3-2 also on post-game penalties after a 1-1 draw in full time action.
Meanwhile, the various champions all bagged Le1.5 million cash as their championship package and also booked their place to the national finals scheduled for Bo. Also, all the runners-up received Le1 million.
The tournament will continue in Moyamba, Kambia, Makeni and Koinadugu on July 11, whilst the search for the Western Area champion will commence in Freetown on July 10.