The youth constitute of about 80% of Uganda’s population. However majority of the young people between the age of 25-35 are unemployed or underpaid if they have work.
And with so many slums around Kampala City, the effects of unemployment always spill to society with increased crime, gambling, drug abuse among others.
It is upon such facts that Uganda Cranes striker Brian Umony came up with an idea through his Brian Umony foundation to have a football tournament in some of the slum areas around Kampala.
Named the Slum Soca Tournament, it will be staged in four areas that is Banda, Naguru, Bukoto and Makindye starting this weekend.
Ahead of the kickoff, the tournament received a hefty contribution from Aziz Damani group of Companies providing 60 boxes of drinking water that will be used by players.
Umony lauded Aziz Damani for the contribution and believes the tournament will have a positive change on society.
” I take this opportunity to thank Mr. Aziz Damani for coming on board as our partners in a bid to improve the societies where we live through sport. I believe this is a tournament that will help in making a positive change in the lives of many youth.’ Said Umony.
Born and bred in Naguru, one of the suburbs of Kampala, Umony testified that it was through such tournaments that he was identified.
” I grew up in Naguru and made the grade out of tournaments like FOF that were aimed in tapping talent from slums. In the same spirit, we started this to help young boys out there who have the talent but don’t have the platform to be identified. ” He added.
The tournament will start on Saturday 8th November 2018 in Banda before moving to Bukoto the next day. Makindye and Naguru will be covered on 17th and 18th respectively.
The best two teams from each of the four areas will face in the quarterfinals on 24th November whilst the semifinals and final will be staged on 25th November 2018.