Ali Abubakar Gharib executes the fancy step overs during a friendly match against Uganda U-17 at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru.

Another footballer from Ugandan youth academy Football for Good (FFG) Ali Abubakar Gharib has landed a scholarship at Canada’s St. Andrew’s College (SAC).

Gharib joins Geoffrey Ogenrwot (U17) who is soon marking one year with this Canadian institution.

The development was confirmed by Adrian Bradbury, the founder of Football For Good football academy.

These two young players are entitled to scholarships at Canada’s top all-boys boarding school and residential soccer program, where they will be immersed in a world-class academic, character and soccer environment.

The aim of the brand new full-time St Andrew’s College Soccer program is to give talented scholars and footballers, from all over the world, the opportunity to prepare themselves for the best schools in the NCAA and potentially, a professional soccer pathway. There are limited scholarships at this new program, but there are also fee-based opportunities for talented youth who have the ambition for excellence in the classroom and on the field

Adrian Bradbury, Football For Good Founder
Geoffrey Ogenrwot (right) in action at St Andrew’s College in Canada

Ali and Geoffrey have worked incredibly hard for this opportunity, and we know that they will continue to represent East Africa well. This is a level of education and boarding experience, as good as anywhere on the planet, and I am excited to be working with SAC to bring soccer to the same, very high level.

Adrian Bradbury, Football For Good Founder
Football for Good Director Adrian Bradbury (left) at Entebbe International Airport with an earlier group of young players to a training placement in Mallorca, Spain Credit: FFG Media

Along with being the founder of Football For Good and Canadian charity Athletes for Africa, Bradbury is also working as a consultant for St Andrews’ College, on the development of the new soccer set-up and global talent recruitment.

Gharib, a native of Kenya, is a creative and tricky midfielder who has been a standout for Football For Good and his talents have not gone unnoticed.

He was invited to training camp with Kenya’s U20 squad, while also catching the eye of Southampton Football Club academy coaches at a showcase event in 2017.

Ogenrwot, who is from Kitgum, is just wrapping up his first year in Canada.

He has had a great start in the classroom and was a standout on the football pitch, where he had two training placements with Toronto FC of the Major League Soccer.

He will remain in the Toronto-area this summer to train and play with Aurora FC (U21).

Both boys are a product of Football for Good (FFG), which is already being recognized as one of East Africa’s top full-time youth football academy and scholarship programs.

About Football For Good Academy:

Football For Good Academy (FFG) now has a national training centre in Kampala and a regional training centre in Gulu, which provides the best young boys (and now

girls) with a scholarship that gives them full-time football training, international coaching and exposure, as well as an exemplary academic and character development program.

Since 2015, the academy has run grassroots programs and identification events that have reached over 25,000 youth.

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

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