Saturday 9th October 2021 | Independence Day
• Uganda’s Football Legends Vs Parliament of Uganda Team (Legislators)
Uganda’s football legends and the Parliamentary football team consisting of legislators will on Saturday 9th October celebrate the 59th Independence day with the maiden “Ojjukira Legendi Wo?” charity football game at the MTN Omondi stadium.
The “Ojjukira Legend Wo?” campaign which translates “Do you remember your legend?” will attract retired footballers, majority of whom are former Uganda Cranes internationals aged 40 years and above, facing legislators in Lugogo.
Organized by Proline FC, True North Consult, StarTimes and Sanyuka TV, the game will have its proceeds go to various legends of the beautiful game in Uganda that have been greatly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the press launch on Tuesday, Proline Football Club Director Mujib Kasule said, “Our legends are our assets as a country, and we should always cherish them during and after their active playing days.”
Jackson Mayanja will coach the Ugandan football Legends team that will be captained by former Express Football Club coach and former Uganda Cranes captain George Ssimwogerere.
Mayanja, the Chairman of the Uganda Football Legends, chipped in, “It is good to know that there are people who still think about us and are willing to help our people – it is never too late to help a football legend.”
Abdul Kibuuka, Executive Director of True North noted with concern that retired footballers ought to be assimilated into society with decent jobs.
“We need to create awareness about sports legends, recognize talent. There is need to assimilate ex-internationals into active employment. There is also alternative livelihood that ought to be encouraged that is by training sportsmen to try different jobs. We are also preaching financial literacy at all times.”
Sam Kawalya, Hassan Mubiru, Wasswa Bbosa, Lawrence Kizito, Dan Ntale, Ibrahim Kirya, Simon Peter Musoke, James Odoch, Kefa Kisala, Augustine Nsumba, Steven Bogere, Jackson Mayanja, Joseph Harold Mutyaba, Mathias Kaweesa, Idd Batambuze, Muhammad Byansi, Peter Byaruhanga, Suleiman Jingo, Robert Mukiibi, Mujib Kasule, are among the many ex-footballers poised for the charity game.
“Legends create history, they shape generations, inspire them to a greater
height, and the moments they create last forever. It is partly for this reason
that we are a part of this campaign to appreciate and support those that continue to make our business a reality,” said Joseph Kigozi, the General Manager of Sanyuka TV.
The Legislators will include Muhammed Nsereko (Kampala Central), Patrick K. Mabirizi Nsanja (Ntenjeru South), Joseph Gonzaga Ssewungu (Kalungu West County), Geofrey Lutaaya (Kakuuto county), Paul Nsubuga (Busiro East), Abubaker Kawalya (Rubaga North), Asuman Basalirwa (Bugiri Municipality), among others.
This charity game will mark the official launch of “Ojjukira Legendi Wo?” campaign.