Ali Sekunda recieves donated jerseys from Mika Jokiaho at the Kanyanya play ground

A group of students from two schools based in Finland; Vaasan Lyseon Lukio and Jybaskylan Lyseon Lukio in partnership with Vaansan FC have donated an assortment of sports equipment to fast rising Everton Football Academy.

The donated items include over 200 jerseys, football boots and training bibs.

Led by two of their teachers Mika Jokiaho and Raili Kivela, the students handed over the equipment to Ali Ssekunda on behalf of Everton Uganda Academy at the Kanyanya sports ground, Kyebando on Wednesday, 15th January 2020.

Ali Sekunda recieves donated jerseys from Mika Jokiaho at the Kanyanya play ground

This was after the group had also conducted community work with Kawempe Tula and visited Smart Up factory (assisted by Plan International).

For starters, Smart Up factory executes the processing of artifacts with a wing to teach videography, entrepreneurship, Graphics, journalism and Human center design (HCD).

It is a very exciting opportunity to visit Uganda once again following our earlier visit in January 2019. We are glad to work with the local communities and donate sugar, soap, clothes as well as bread, dine with the impoverished in society” Mika noted.

Ali Ssekunda with Mika Jokiaho as they shared a light moment
Lets Get Global Team member helping an improvished kid
Mixture of Everton Uganda Academy players and the Finnish guests

The group watched Everton Academy U15 team defeat Kampala Junior Team (KJT) 2-1 in the Kampala U-15 Junior league before they took to the field of play themselves.

Frank Twesigye and Regan Kasule gave Everton Academy a 2-0 lead by the mandatory half time break before KJT piled pressure in the subsequent half but could only score a consolation through Simon Peter Okwi.

Everton Academy U-15 XI Vs KJT
Everton Academy and KJT captains with the match referees before kick off

The visiting group then had a friendly fun football game with a mixture of Everton Uganda boys and girls at the Kanyanya Play grounds with the winners (Everton Uganda Academy) taking home a glittering trophy.

Then, after that match, there was the official handover of the donated items.

Serena Erhie hands over soap, sugar and bread to one of the Kawempe Tula residents
One of the students donates bread to a resident of Kawempe Tula

In appreciation, Sekunda, the director of Everton Uganda Football Academy saluted the spirit upon which the visitors exhibited.

As Everton Uganda Academy, we are really very excited about the items donated to the academy and the community work done by our good friends from Finland in the areas of Kawempe Tula” Sekunda noted.

The students from Finland are united under the UNESCO school network coordinating under a project code-named “Lets Get Global”.

Tina Tina Muwanguzi, one of the key figures at Girl Smart Pads, a product from Smart up factory is humbled by the gesture from the guests.

Tina Tina Muwanguzi (left) with Raili Kivela

We are very happy to receive our visitors from Finland and would love to appreciate them for the special care, love and donated equipment” Muwanguzi states.

Some of the students include; Vilma Seppanen, Henna Takanen, Sanni Molsa, Anna Vehkaoja, Sara Martonen, Ronja Lamberg, Serene Erhie, Lida Kautto, Mimmi Eskela, Jaan Sui, Bettina Soinila, Martta Rissanen, Frans Koivula, Mintuu Lepisto and Roosa Saaskalainen.

The food serving moment was graced by all. Everyone was left satisfied.

The visiting delegation shared a meal with the residents and members of Everton Uganda Academy in sheer expression of humanity component.

The visitors are expected to return to Finland in a week’s time.

Lets Go Global: Group photo of the guests with their hosts
Teamwork aspect: Lets Go Global
The Students from Vaasan and Jyvaskylan High Schools having a meal in Kampala, Uganda during their visit

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

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