Real Oviedo F.C, a Spanish football club based in Oviedo, Asturias has donated kits to a third tier Ugandan club, Gorilla Highlands Sports Club, based in Kisoro district, Western Uganda.
The kits, 22 shirts and shorts apiece were handed over to the club management at Lugogo in Kampala by Juncal Alonso and Javier Fernandez on Saturday, 27 April 2019.
Receiving the kits on behalf of the club, Gorilla Highlands president Martin Mbonye (Doctor) lauded the generosity of the Spanish side, a strong basis for building a long term partnership.
Flanked by the club Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joseph Nsabiyumva, Mbonye thanked the Real Oviedo, a club founded in 1926 and the local community in Asturias for the donation.
Dr Martin Mbonye, President Gorilla Highlands Sports Club
Gorilla Highlands Sports Club is privileged to open its doors to the outside world with a partnership with Real Oviedo Football Club. We are happy to have received kits from the club. Hopefully, this is the start of the long term relationship.
The deal was brokered by Richard Rugaya, the President and director of Gorilla Highlands Coffee, a firm that exports processed coffee to Spain.
Rugaya is grateful that Coffee has been the binding factor that bridged the gap between Uganda and Spain.
Richard Rugaya, President and Director Gorilla Highland Coffee
Gorilla Highland Sports Club has been able to partner with Real Oviedo FC in Spain because of Coffee for a start. This partnership will definitely yield good fruits for us all in the future.
Gorilla Highlands Sports Club CEO Nsabiyumva appreciated the Spanish club adding that the donated offer will motivate the club and contribute to its growth.
Team captain Ivan Maniraguha, joined by his vice Fred Niyonzima thanked Real Oviedo for the donation.
Ivan Maniraguha, team captain Gorilla Highlands Sports Club
We are excited for this offer of playing kits from Real Oviedo Football Club. It will surely push us an extra mile and encourage us to play well.
Gorilla Highlands Sports Club was founded in 2008 as Nyarusiza Football Club before it rebranded to Gorilla Highlands Sports Club.
This season, they completed the Western regional league in the third position, short of a qualification slot to the treasured play-offs.