Kasawo S.S footballers in a training session Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS
[/media-credit] Kasawo S.S footballers in a training session at the existing school play ground Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

Back in the days, Kasawo SS was a proven giant and a regular competitor at Uganda’s main schools’ football championship, Copa Coca cola.

With three UMEA solidarity football championship titles to their name as well as a semifinal finish during the 2008 Copa tournament in Jinja, Kasawo S.S, which is located at Kigayaza has something to boost and be proud of.

The very last sporting success was the 2017 football title won in Mbarara at the Kakyeka stadium after a tense 4-3 penalty shoot out over Bulo Parents following a one all draw in normal time.

Of late, the school has had the sports department neglected and virtually thrown to the dogs.

The existing sports amenities are in a sorry state, the equipment to use is dilapidated and coaching personnel is limited.

But, there is light at the end of the tunnel as reflected in the deeds and words of the current head teacher, Azidah Nansubuga.

“We have a target to restore the school’s known sports glory days. From consultancy, purchase of sports equipment, establishment for a state of art sports complex to offering bursaries, all these are efforts to restore the sports glory of the school” Nansubuga disclosed to Kawowo Sports.

[/media-credit] Kasawo S.S players in a football session Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS
[/media-credit] The Kasawo S.S Football head coach Joshua Allan Lujjah engaged by the media in an interactive interview at the school Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

The head teachers’ positive thoughts are shared in the affirmative by the football head coach Allan Joshua Lujjah.

“We are on a rebuilding spree. From recruiting young talented players and able technical staff, Kasawo S.S will return to the apex of football in Kayunga district. It is a process and a promising one indeed” Lujjah testifies.

Ismael Ddumba, an old boy at the school is now the in charge of grooming young players.

[/media-credit] Netball players in training at Kasawo S.S. Like football, there are also sports bursaries for netball Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS
[/media-credit] The Kasawo Netball team in training Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

Ddumba stresses the emphasis of having these young players on board;

“We have 30 bursary slot for football. Since the start of the year 2018, the school has had a target of building a formidable team especially starting with the young players in S1,S2 and S3. Step by step, we shall reach the intended destiny” Ddumba confesses.

Besides football, Kasawo S.S is also engaged in netball, volleyball, handball, athletics and some board games as chess.

[/media-credit] Part of the land at Kasawo S.S cleared for construction of the sports complex Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

With the upcoming sports complex, the burning issue of improved facilities at the school will soon be put to rest.

“The sports complex is an idea of the former students at the school. We are currently looking for sponsors and partners to make the project realistic” Nansubuga adds.

Hamidu Kasozi, a football consultant who also owns Hamki sports agency Uganda, the managers of Kasawo S.S Sports Development Project 2020 asserts that the path for the school to restore its faded sporting excellence is on a right footing;

“There is hope that with the efforts of the head teacher (Azidah Nansubuga) to return sanity to the sports department of Kasaso S.S, the writing is on the wall, everything will move for the better. The return of sports bursaries, employing able coaches, purchasing new sports equipment and the construction of the new sports complex will help the school plan ahead” Kasozi gives a foresight.

[/media-credit] Hamidu Kasozi, owner of Hamki Sports Agency Uganda Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS
[/media-credit] Hamidu Kasozi being engaged in an interview by the media Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS
[/media-credit] Football journalist Katende Malibu (left) is one of the former old students at Kasawo S.S Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS
[/media-credit] Uganda Cranes star player Emmanuel Arnold Okwi is one of the most outspoken old students at Kasawo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

A quarter of the current Uganda Cranes team featured at Kasawo S.S with promising display over the years;

Players as Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Vice-captain of Uganda Cranes Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Robert Sentongo, Julius Poloto, Hamis “Diego” Kiiza, Baba Kizito, Owen Kasule, Jamil Malyamungu, Robert Kimuli and retired goalkeeper Lauran Lubulwa (now a sports journalist with Bukedde Television), among others have all played at Kasawo S.S.

Kasawo S.S is set to host the 2019 UMEA games in March.

David Isabirye

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

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