The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has boosted the Aliguma Foundation with an assortment of sports equipment prior to the 2020 Slum Soccer tournament.
The equipment was handed over to the Foundation executive director Ritah Aliguma during a brief ceremony that happened at UNHCR headquarters in Kololo on Friday.
A total of 30 balls and 16 full sets of jerseys worth Shs.12M was handed over by Joel Boutroue, the Country Representative of UNHCR towards the 4th edition of the slum soccer tournament.
The latest donation follows an earlier offer by UNHCR in July 2020 of equipment to facilitate the improvement of the playing surface at Acholi Quarters playground.
“I was impressed by the spirit and energy in the Slum Soccer competition last year. I am glad to be helping the foundation to enable the event take place for the forth time and I wish you good luck and I’ll be present to grace the final of the tournament,” Boutrue told the press.
The boost comes a month after the Aliguma Foundation was selected among the 55 projects that will receive hefty grant from UEFA Foundation for Children.
Elated Aliguma could not hide her excitement in preparationa for this year’s edition of the Slum Soccer Tournament.
“I’m really thankful to the UNHCR for this support and we believe the sky is the limit for the foundation. We want to do more in impacting the lives of Ugandans through sport and we believe we shall leave to see the dreams come true.”
She further stated that 26 teams have registered for the tournament that has been one of the most looked out for football competitions by slum people in the areas of Acholi quarters in Banda.
Luigi slum team clinched last year’s Championship after edging Kawenja 5-4 in the post match penalties after a 2-2 draw in the normal time.
Since it’s interception in 2017, the slums soccer tournament, has discovered talent and the best players from each edition get scholarships among other life necessities.