- The West Nile Team Vs Tooro on Saturday at 4:30 Pm at Arua Core PTC ground in Mvaradri
- Ordinary tickets will go for shs 3000, while VIPs will part with shs 5000 and VVIPs will pay shs 10,000 and 30-percent of the collections are expected to go to FUFA account.
- The State Minister for Northern Uganda and Zombo district Woman MP, Grace Kwiyocwiny is the Patron for the West Nile Team
By Felix & Steven Candia
West Nile-All is set for the FUFA Drum Tournament that will pit West Nile against Tooro this Saturday at Arua Core PTC grounds as the West Nile team is seeking to end the group stages on top.
According to the Chairman Drum Team West Nile Rasul Ariga, a price tag of Shs 100 million has been put as a reward for the winner team as the event will be held annually in October.
He added that FUFA is still lobbying for sponsors for the regional events but calls on the public to support the event for the good of the regional team. The West Nile team had played a draw with Karamoja team in their first game, then West Nile team won 2-0 against Ankole in Paidha and now waiting for their third group stage game. The draw with Karamoja was mainly attributed to fatigue both from long distance and the engagement of some of the players from Big League and Azam Uganda Premier League.
The FUFA Drum game, dubbed Celebrate our Ancestry, is to be graced by the Alur King, Phillip Rauni Olarker III, the Lugbara Kari Chief and Religious Leaders, which is expected to offer a special attachment and attention to the cultural norms and unity.
West Nile’s Team Coach, Umar Abdallah, FUFA Drum Spokesman, Toko and FUFA Chairman Drum Team, Ariga Rasul during the Press Conference in Arua today. Photo by Felix Warom
Umar Abdallah, the team coach in a press briefing Today-Thursday says the West Nile Team line up (Goal Keeping, Defense, Forward and Attack) is complete and calls on all stakeholders to rally behind their region.
Meanwhile West Nile Province Team captain Tabu Vitalis expressed optimism saying there is already full morale for the game and that Team west Nile will put up a smart show to ensure a win over Tooro.
The State Minister for Northern Uganda and the Team’s Patron, Grace Kwiyocwiny, said: “Let us spare the little resources to help the West Nile team. This will foster unity and also help us to celebrate our culture through Sports.”
However, Jaberi Andiga, the chairperson Arua district sports committee says the Drum Tournament presents Arua and West Nile a unique and historic landmark adding that this will also allow the national team to make grassroots talent assessment.
“Football is one of the best employers in the World which offers income to players and we should support football so as to give employment to our children,” Jaberi said.
FUFA came with the idea of the Drum in order to offer platform for talent search from across the regions in Uganda. The game also acts as a unifying and business factor for the West Nile region. For instance, the hotel owners benefit from accommodation, food and entertainment of the visiting team.
Jaberi also urges players to exercise discipline, keep time and be respectful to each other and to all stakeholders in the sports fraternity.
The 28-member team from Tooro is already in Arua town to acclimatize the players ahead of the game set for Saturday.