Arsenal Football Club players celebrate a community shield success Credit: Arsenal Media
[/media-credit] Arsenal Football Club players celebrate a community shield success Credit: Arsenal Media
  • Government of Uganda and Arsenal F.C struck a long term partnership
  • Arsenal Football Club will visit Uganda in June 2019
  • Arsenal FC Academy coaches will visit Uganda in March 2018
  • There is a bold plan to build a state of art football academy in Uganda

English Premier League side Arsenal will visit Uganda in June 2019 after striking a deal with the country’s main sports authority, the National Council of Sports.

The head of the National Council of Sports Bosco Onyik announced that Uganda had reached an agreement with Arsenal as part of a sports tourism project.

He also said that the Gunners had agreed to train Ugandan coaches as well as host the Uganda Cranes for a training session at the Emirates Stadium in London.

Onyik noted;

We went to London last month. on 16th January. We had three meetings with management of Arsenal FC with the aim of partnering with them.

We agreed that they will train some of our coaches, give the Uganda Cranes chance to train at the Emirates Stadium in London, build an academy and also have their team to visit in June next year to tour Uganda and play some matches.

[/media-credit] John Bosco Onyik during the partnership with Arsenal Football Club in the UK Credit: NCS

The NCS board said it hoped the partnership between Uganda and Arsenal would enhance the development of football in the country and also help market its sports tourism better.

State Minister in-charge of Sports Charles Bakkabulindi said that details regarding the training of coaches would be revealed in March 2018, when officials from Arsenal are scheduled to travel to Uganda to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Fans in Uganda will look to the arrival of stars as Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Jack Wishere, Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welback, Nacho Monreal,  Alex Iwobi, goalkeeper David Ospina, Muhammed Elneny among others.

Additional notes by Xinhua

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

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