Fufa, gov’t plan commonwealth youth football festival

Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi addressing the media at Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development

Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has once again attained another milestone – thanks to Government’s full trust and confidence.

In the latest partnership with the Central Government through the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, FUFA has been tasked to organize a football festival ahead of the 9th Common Wealth Youth Ministers meeting.

The festival is confirmed for Mandela National Stadium on Wednesday, 26th July 2017.

It will be one of the activities for the youth in the build-up for this high profile Common Wealth Youth meeting where over 500 guests from the 55 Commonwealth countries are to converge at the Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala between 31st July to 4th August 2017.

This is the first time that Uganda as a country shall be hosting the Common Wealth Youth Ministers meeting and as well, the Common Wealth Youth Football Festival.


The development was confirmed by the Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, also the chairperson of Express Football Club during a press conference in the Ministry of Gender and Labour development board room.

Flanked by Layne Robinson from the Common Wealth Secretariat, Jaya Murthy (UNICEF Communications Director), Lillian Aber (Uganda Youth Council) and a couple of officials from the Ministry of Gender and Social Development, Nakiwala retaliated about the glorious opportunity to work with FUFA;

“We are delighted to have FUFA, the guardians of the biggest sport in the world here on board. My involvement in sport at Express FC and elsewhere has shown me that sport is one great channel of empowering young people.”

“The tournament we are organizing as part of the 9th Common Wealth Youth Ministers Meeting will go on annually for four years until Uganda hands over the chairmanship,” she added.

During the well-attended press conference, FUFA was ably represented by a strong team of four that included the competitions director Ali Mwebe, newly elected Uganda Referees’ Association chairman and former FIFA referee Ronnie Kalema, FUFA Marketing officer Hassan Takoowa and former FIFA referee, Yusuf Awuye.

FUFA pledged to offer all the balls that will be used during the gala, qualified and professional referees as well as ensure smooth organization of the event.

At least 20 youth teams across the country from all the 8 FUFA regions (Buganda, Kampala, Western, Kitara, North East, West Nile, Northern and Eastern) will take part.

There will also be another category of excelling secondary schools from each of the 8 FUFA regions.

FUFA Communications Manager, Ahmed Hussein hailed the Government for the partnership and all the efforts to ensure that youth have better lives and promised to continue engaging the Government on supporting football development and sports as a whole.

FUFA always looks at improving its external relations.

The partnership will definitely open up opportunities for the football family where a big number if mainly composed of youths.

It is also an opportunity for FUFA to continue engaging the Government on supporting sports activities especially football in this case.

The theme of the 9th Common Wealth Youth meeting is ‘Resourcing and Financing Youth Development: Empowering Young People’.



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