Defending champions Eastern have vowed to prove a point when the 2013 FUFA-MTN Inter region football competition starts Tuesday at the Boma grounds in Hoima.
Amin Bbosa, Eastern team manager, vowed on Monday morning that they are going to retain the trophy because they are much stronger that they were last year.
“We are simply taking back the rotating trophy to Hoima on a tour and return it after the tournament because no team will beat us,” said a confident Bbosa.
Eastern will open their campaign against Western on Tuesday afternoon in what promises to be a tough contest.
Handled Abbey Kikomeko, the Eastern side have promised to prove that their success was no fluke last year. “We have prepared so well and are ready to retain the trophy,” said Bbosa.
The sponsors MTN Uganda Limited are also using the event to help the technical people at the FA to tap talent from around the different regions.
Players who feature for teams in the top Tier Premier League and the second level Big League are not allowed to showcase their talent in this event.
The tournament will run from July 30 and climax with the final and play-off for third and fourth place on August 3. Patrick Ogwel, the chairman of the organizing committee and Vice President of the FA in-charge of youth, said they expect a very competitive event, a sentiment echoed by Aggrey Kagonyera, the MTN Uganda Ltd Senior Manager Sponsorship and Events.
The other three matches scheduled to take place tomorrow include Buganda against North East, Kitara against West Nile, while two time champions Kampala battle Mid North.