Rising Starlets stellar forward Valerie Nekesa has been honored as the most promising girl of 2023. She received this accolade during the annual Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony at the KICC center in Nairobi on Friday, March 1, 2024.

Nekesa had an exceptional year, scoring a total of four goals in their two-legged qualifier against Angola, which the U20 team beat with a 10-1 aggregate score.

In the boys’ category, her counterpart, Aldrine Kibet, secured the second position. His year was equally remarkable after gaining recognition during the Kenya Secondary School Games held in Kakamega. Subsequently, he was included in the Rising Stars squad for the CECAFA U18 Championship, where he amassed three goals.

The Kenya U18 Boys’ Rising Stars claimed third place in the Men’s Sports Team of the Year after a commendable run in the CECAFA U18 Championship, remaining undefeated until the finals, where they finished as runners-up in the tournament.

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