FUFA president Engineer Moses Magogo has praised Friends of Football (FOF) for playing a key role in the development of youth football in the Country. Magogo’s comments were made while presiding over at the launch of the 13th Edition of the City Tyres Chenga Challenge today at Mandela Auto Zone, 6th street Industrial Area.
Magogo appreciated City Tyres for the wise and selfless investment in the project for since 2000.
‘With such a project, as a federation we appreciate the financial resources invested by City Tyres. But we shall come in to help with the human resource (youth coaches, referees), the monitoring of the discovered talents, identifying challenges and looking for alternative ways of establishing a status quo as a long term approach’ said Magogo.
He added that FIFA is ready to support the development of football In Uganda as there are already plans to kick start the grass root football projects.
The colorful but brief ceremony was attended by among others, the CEO of FUFA Edgar Watson, Chairman Mandela Group of Companies Hajji Omar Mandela, City Tyres MD Abdullahi Ahmed, FIFA instructor Emy Castelli, Former SC Villa Chairman Franco Mugabe, the organizing committee and the members of the sports media.
The regional finals of this years’ tourney will be kick off in Lira district, May 17th 2014.
Speaking at the launch, Friends of Football’s director, Eddie Butindo hailed the sponsors, media, the federation and all the stake holders that have seen the tourney grow from strength to strength.
‘Our primary objective is to help develop youth football and this year alone we are targeting to reach 4700 boys’ remarked Butindo.
Several fruits of the City Tyres U-14 football league have graduated through the system.
Players like Tony Odur, Farouq Miya, Benjamin Ochan, Dan Sserunkuma, Mike Azira, Eric Kamya, Brian Omony, Yunus Sentamu to mention but a few are the vivid examples of the City Tyres league.
Two new regional centers have been created-Arua and Masaka.
Full Schedule: Regional Finals
17th May – Lira
21th May – Arua
31st May – Masaka
14th June – Fortportal
21st June – Kabale
5th July – Mbarara
12th July – Lugazi
19th July – Mbale
2nd August – Jinja
28th – 31st August – Masaka (Grand Finals)