Musa Abukar Mweteneza (left) with Charles Lwanga at the Russia Embassy in Kampala. Abuka will travel as the young journalist and Lwanga the young coach Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

Gazprom Football For Friendship (F4F) 2018

  •  8th – 15th June
  •  Moscow, Russia

    Musa Ahmed Abukar Mweteneza (left) with Charles Lwanga at the Russia Embassy in Kampala. Abuka will travel as the young journalist and Lwanga the young coach

As the World football biggest sporting fiesta, the 2018  FIFA World Cup draws closer, there is growing excitement among the public.

From the fans who will travel to Russia for the showdown, the players, officials, media and other personalities, it indeed remains a squeaky bum time.

A five man delegation from Uganda that will represent the CECAFA giants at the Football For Friendship World Championship, a curtain raising tourney before the World Cup is now certain of traveling to Russia.

This follows the positive development that their travel visas have been processed – thanks to the Russian Embassy in Uganda.

Uganda will be represented by the Entebbe Junior School’s 12-year-old Musa Ahmed Abuka Mweteneza (school team captain), 16-year-old Charles Lwanga of Idenal Soccer Academy (Young coach), Peter Tabu (Journalist) as well as two accompanying adults.

“We are excited that the travel visas to Russia are now attained and there is now a guarantee that we shall travel for the Football for Friendship world championship in Russia. Special thanks to the efforts of the Russia Embassy in Uganda” Tabu attested to Kawowo Sports.

[/media-credit] Musa Ahmed Abuka Mweteneza and Charles Lwanga with Uganda Cranes and former KCCA Legendary striker Brian Umony (middle) Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

For starters, the Football for Friendship tourney draws 211 countries and Regions, including Uganda.

Uganda is among the 12 African countries that will take part. The others include; Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, South Sudan and Sudan.

About the Football For Friendship:

Football for Friendship (F4F) is the International Children’s social programme implemented since 2013.

The programme aims at developing youth football and a healthy lifestyle as well as promoting tolerance, open-mindedness and friendship among children from across the globe.

The key values of the programme include friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions and honour.

This programme is supported by FIFA, UEFA, Olympic and Paralympic Committee, football federations, children’s foundations, hundreds of famous athletes, and thousands of journalists around the globe.

The final events of past years were held in London, Lisbon, Berlin, Milan, St. Petersburg. 3,700 participants for all time, 2 billion people around the world know about the programme.

Geography of the project expanded from 8 to 211 countries and regions.

The final events of the programme shall be take place between June 8-15 in Moscow, Russia.

This will include a 3 days International Friendship Camp, Football for Friendship World Championship and International Children’s Forum.

This will include a 3 days International Friendship Camp, Football for Friendship World Championship and International Children’s Forum.

Gazprom F4F 2017 International Children’s Forum

One young football player or 1 young coach and one young journalist are invited for participation in the programme as country ambassadors.

The F4F participants could be only children who share and support basic human values promoted within the programme.

They act as active ambassadors of their country within F4F 2018 and ambassadors of the key the F4F programme values among young people.

The young player or young coach as a country ambassador should meet with official country representatives (heads of ministries, government structures, sport federations, sport celebrities, editor-in-chiefs of key local media) to inform about F4F.

2018 and discuss the ways for implementation of the key human values promoted by the programme on the country level.

The young journalist should cover the young player activities and the F4F 2018 events within the implementation of the programme.

2018 Football For Friendship World Championship:

Magellanic Penguin:

  • Chad (Goalkeeper), Mozambique (Defender), Tahiti (Defender), Bermunda (Midfielder), Republic of Ireland (Midfielder), New Zealand (Forward), Uganda (Young Coach)

Giant Panda:

  • Portugal (Goalkeeper), USA (Defender), Mauritius (Defender), Ukraine (Midfielder), Bulgaria (Midfielder), Central African Republic (Forward), Angola (Young Coach)

Polar Bear:

  • Switzerland (Goalkeeper), Northern Ireland (Defender), Hong Kong (Defender), England (Midfielder), Ethiopia (Midfielder), Belgium (Forward), Panama (Young Coach)

Lemur:

  • Scotland (Goalkeeper), Congo (Defender), Barbados (Defender), Equatorial Guinea (Midfielder), Denmark (Midfielder), Sudan (Forward), Montserrat (Young Coach)

Rothschild’s Giraffe:

  • Azerbaijan (Goalkeeper), Costa Rica (Defender), St Lucia (Defender), Kyrgyz Republic (Midfielder), Laos (Midfielder), Comoros (Forward), Nizhny Novgorod (Young Coach)

Humpback Whale:

  • Argentina (Goalkeeper), British Virgin Islands (Defender), Romania (Defender), Algeria (Midfielder), Estonia (Midfielder), Senegal (Forward), Ekateringurg (Young Coach)

Grizzly Bear:

  • Indonesia (Goalkeeper), Kosovo (Defender), Eritrea (Defender), Ghana (Midfielder), Qatar (Midfielder), Guyana (Forward), Curacao (Young Coach)

Whale Shark:

  • Brunei Darussalam (Goalkeeper), Cape Verde Islands (Defender), Maldives (Defender), Honduras (Midfielder), Bosnia and Herzegovia (Midfielder), Lebanon (Forward), Rostov On Don (Young Coach)

*2 Young coaches participated in the previous seasons of Football for Friendship

*11 Young coaches from the 11 host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

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

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