Sports lovers in Kitgum district will benefit from a new campaign to turn Boma ground into a modern field capable of hosting district and regional tournaments.
The sports field had wasted away after years of neglect, instead hosting music shows and outdoor activities that contributed to its degradation.
Kitgum Woman MP, Beatrice Anywar and the minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees, Eng Hillary Onek led the campaign to revive the pitch on Saturday.
The two leaders joined the youth group to plant grass across the entire field and pledged to contribute to its restoration.
“The rehabilitation of this field will help to improve sports in the district. We have a lot of talented children in the district who need to be discovered,” she stated.
Onek advised the youth to focus on constructive work and stay away from divisive politics, which he said was risky for the region’s development.
“Some politicians will come here to deceive you; don’t give them your attention because when you are arrested, they will not come to your aid,” he stated.
Jones Otii Opoka, a retired district sports coach said the youth group under the Kitgum Development Taskforce had acquired permission to manage the sports field for ten years.
“We signed a memorandum of understanding with the district which will allow us as footballers to manage the pitch. We will turn it green and bring it up to standard,” he said.
Opoka said the facility would boost the sports profile of the district, which was the best in the national post-primary championships last year.