By Wilson Asiimwe in Kasese
A Norwegian Non-Governmental Organisation Friends of Sports, has injected sh500m in Kilembe Quarters’ play ground with a strategy to transform it into a modern facility.
Friend of Sports has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kasese municipality that will have the playground fenced and an artificial turf installed.
“According to the plan that we approved, after completion the playground will have an artifi cial carpet instead of grass and we will also have a track for athletics. It will be a modern facility,” Kasese municipality Mayor Godfrey Kabyanga disclosed on Monday.
Kabyanga added that the ground will also get piped water, latrines, a dressing room and offices for the facility’s management team.
The facility, expected to boost sports in Kasese district and produce more stars in the near future, will be the third stadium with an artificial turf in Uganda after Njeru and Lugogo stadiums.
Last week, business was brought to a standstill in Kasese as hundreds of people gathered on the streets to welcome Cranes striker Yunus Ssentamu back to his home district.
Kasese Ssentamu went into the spotlight after scoring three wonder goals during Uganda’s Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) adventure in South Africa last month.
Kasese woman MP Winfred Kiiza then pointed: “We are proud as the people of Kasese because this is the first time we are represented on the national team.”
She urged the district council to reserve funds to promote sports activities in the district.
The facility already under construction should pioneer the district’s efforts of trying to revamp sports in the region.
After completion, Kabyanga pointed that the Norwegian NGO will bring in coaches to train the youths in football and other games.
“We will get coaches from Norway to come and train our youths and we shall also have exchange visits with them according to the MOU that we signed with them,” said Kabyanga.
Kabyanga also explained the procedures under which the MOU was signed.
“We have not sold the playground to them but signed an MOU where after every two years we shall be reviewing the MOU to see that every party has played its role as stipulated,” he said.
Kasese Municipal Council deputy town clerk Seliveriyo Mukobi said that the district municipal council is determined to promote sports in the area.
Apart from being the biggest exporters of copper, cobalt and salt, the district has also produced sports stars such as Emmy Kalanzi (Cranes defender) and Ssentamu the most recent.
Kasese also produced the biggest number of boxers in the 1960s and 70s.
Among the football clubs that emerged from the district over the years include Lake Katwe FC, Kilembe mines FC and Hima FC.
Kasese also has the country’s biggest golf course in the region.