Local media in Wa are advertising the competition with a Wa-centric attitude saying “the time has come for Upper West to also qualify for the Airtel Rising Stars finals in Wa. Brong Ahafo has always qualified for the finals.” Sule Adam, a popular sports journalist in the Upper West regional capital, added: “The people of Wa should come out in their numbers to push the Upper West kids. This is the way our football can succeed. This is the way our children can also be seen by the rest of the country.” Aside doing the region proud, the Regional Football Association have added a reason to ensure the organization is flawless. “You know Kwesi Nyantakyi, the President of the Ghana Football Association is from Wa. We have to do him proud by making sure that this competition which is close to his heart has good patronage here in Wa. We are very proud of the GFA president and we want him to be proud of us too,” said Adolf Abubakar Kassim, the chairman of the Regional Juvenile Committee (RJC) of the Upper West Region.