40th Gothia Youth Football Cup:

 July 13th – 19th 2014

In Gothenburg, Sweden

FUFA Honorary President and CECAFA Vice President, Lawrence Mulindwa has revealed football youth academies and schools are the pathway to football success.

“For continuity and successive progression, football academies should be supported in every means possible”, Mulindwa remarked as he was flagging off the Kent soccer academy members to a European tour.

Kent Sports academy will play a series of matches in the Gothia, Tivoli and Norway cups in Sweden, Denmark and Norway respectively.

Over 1666 will play in the 2014 Gothia Cup which will be held in Sweden between 13th -19th July 2014.

“Nations should never miss players like the case Brazil missed Neymar against Germany. There should be a crop of players who almost play similar positions in the same style”, Mulindwa, who also auctioned a football at Ug.shs 6M added.

Academy director, Mike ‘Sulaiman’ Mutyaba was delighted about the partners who have made positively contributed towards the Academy’s progress.

Buganda Sports Minister, Henry Ssekabembe, who was the chief guest urged the players to avoid stimulants, drugs and performance enhancing substances if they are to have a successful path in sports.

“You are heading to Europe to play football. You will represent Uganda. Be disciplined and try never to escape because interpol will look for you. There are right means to play professionally once you are identified”, the minister urged. 

Kent Sports Academy started in 2008 and it is based at Ssendi’s grounds in Kabowa, Wankulukuku.

The first batch departs this Friday on 11th July 2014 aboard Emirates Airlines at 3 pm.

Kent Sports Academy will join the other 115 other teams from 30 different countries to play in the boys’ U-18 category.

They are divided into 28 different groups. Kent is in group 20 alongside Skogstrops (Sweden), GoIF (Norway),KF Prizren Spor (Kosovo) and JSG Heidenau Holvede (Germany).

Kampala Junior Team (KJT) is the other Ugandan side at the Gothia cup. Another Ugandan team, Kampala Kids League (KKL) team won the Gothia Cup for a record 3 times.

Equity Bank, Bank of Africa, Coca Cola, Global Paints and Samona are the supporting partners.

The travelling batch :

Players:

Kabra Kamya and Bakali Mayugule (goal keepers), Eric Magala, Derrick Ssentongo, Samona Wasswa, Mike Matovu, Alex Trevor, Alex Komakech, Andrew Kyambadde, Peter Agaba, Dan Luzze, Solomon Katumba and Ibrahim Wasswa (Captain).

Officials:

Coach:  Simon ‘Dunga’ Ddungu

Manager: Edward Nsamba

Director: Mike Mutyaba

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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