English Premier League side Arsenal FC will visit Uganda in June 2019 after striking a deal with the country’s sports authorities.
The officials made it clear that the meetings were fruitful because management of Arsenal FC have decided they will have partnership with Uganda where they will train coaches, allow the Uganda Cranes use their facilities for camping and also build an academy.
“We went to London last month on January 16th and had three meetings with management of Arsenal FC with the aim of partnering with them. We agreed that they will train some of our coaches, give the Uganda Cranes chance to train at the Emirates Stadium in London, build an academy and also have their team to visit in June next year to tour Uganda and play some matches,” Bosco Onyik, chairman of the National Council of Sports (NCS) told this publication in an interview.
Onyik said that it is time for Uganda to start marketing sports tourism out there so that several top teams and sports personalities come to Uganda. ” We agreed in principle that Arsenal FC will visit Uganda next June, but we are not sure as yet if they will also play an international friendly game,” added the NCS Board Chairman.
The NCS Board is very happy that the partnership with Arsenal FC will help develop football in Uganda and also help market Uganda’s sports tourism better.
In 2016 former players who featured for Spanish top side Barcelona, Patrick Kluivert and Rayco Garcia on a working visit to Uganda on behalf of UNICEF also expressed willingness to start a football academy as a means of helping the young get acquitted to the beautiful game of football. But the project to build the said football Academy has not yet kicked off.
by Michael Wandati