The ‘Ojjukira Legend Wo’ campaign has been praised by Uganda’s State Minister for Sport, Hamson Obua, as the ideal homage to the careers of former football players who proudly sacrificed for their country.
To honor the campaign, Hamson Obua will lead the country’s legislators in a charity football game between Uganda’s football superstars and the Parliamentary football squad on Saturday, October 9, 2021.
“It’s crucial that we pay tribute to the legends as Uganda celebrates 59 years,” Obua told Nile Post, adding, “It’s important that such a game can bring all of us together as legends and the parliament of Uganda.”
We are aware that these are individuals who have represented our country at the national level and have done us proud during their sporting careers.
Most of these gentlemen served their country through a difficult time, in contrast to today’s generation, which has more opportunities, thus we want to honor and remember them.
The initiative, which is being run by Next Media’s Sanyuka TV in collaboration with Proline FC, True North, and StarTimes, aims to honor and celebrate Uganda’s former football legends.
The campaign is aimed at boosting the lives of people who are struggling with their post-playing lives at a time when much of the press has focused on the dreadful livelihoods of former outstanding footballers.
The revenues from the charity game will go to several Ugandan legends of the beautiful game who have been heavily struck by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because you are aware that sport is currently converting from an amusement game to something that might bring about socio-economic transformation of an individual player, this game is aimed to give hope to the present generation of players.
As a result, this game serves as a wake-up call and a litmus test, not only to show unity with the legends, but also to convey a message to the present players that there is hope and continuity.
I applaud the game’s creators and organizers, and I hope that this game will go a long way in mentoring young athletes to understand the benefits and strength of sports.
Sula Kato, Jackson Mayanja, George Ssimwogerere, Issa Ssekatawa, Hakim Magumba, and Kefa Kisala are among the Ugandan football stars set to play in the game, which will be coached by Sam Ssimbwa.
Legislators like Muhammad Nsereko (Kampala MP), Godfrey Kayemba (Bukomansimbi South MP), Paul Nsubuga (Busiro North MP), and Geoffrey Lutaaya (Kakuuto County MP) will be under the watchful eye of legendary Cranes defender Tom Lwanga.
Because fans are not permitted into stadiums, Sanyuka TV will broadcast the game live, featuring a pre-match match between members of the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) and the Proline FC Elders squad.