There were no accolades for Aliguma Foundation Soccer Academy (AFSA) on its first-ever outing but the positives from the heartwarming performances were a sign of great things to come for the slums-based newly-initiated project.
With Love From Italy: Aliguma Foundation Soccer Academy's Under 10 & 12 teams have a feel of Nigerian international Ola Tina's Torino FC's jersey. (Photo/AF Media)
The AFSA is just in its third month of existence and when an invite from the Joe Kigozi Academy (JKA) Junior Tournament came calling there was no holding back with the coaches eager to give the young ones a run out on the better playing surfaces.
With the foundation top hierarchy deeming it fit and necessarily justifiable to use some of the funds from their latest partner - Italy-based Nigerian international Ola Aina - to fund the academy’s latest project, the coaches and little ones were overly excited when the news trickled in that ‘slums soccer’s finest’ would be making the short trip to the City to rub shoulders with some of the best in the country at Panamera Astro-Turf Football Pitch, located in Kampala, Central Uganda.
SUMMARY OF RESULTS
Results - Under 10
Rays 4-1 Aliguma
Proline 1-1 Aliguma
Aliguma 0-2 JKA
Results - Under 14
JKA 1-0 Aliguma
Aliguma 0-2 Proline
Blessing The Blesser: CEO Ritah Aliguma (L) hands over an assortment of soccer equipment to JKA Tournament Director Joe Kigozi. (Photo/AF Media)
Youngsters light up
To put it in better perspective, Panamera is located on Saddler Way, nearby Kololo Jamia Mosque and Kololo Senior Secondary School pitch.
It is not everyday that slum kids get to mix and mingle with age mates from elite families for an entire day and this experience alone was bound to be a highlight.
From the three categories in the competition; Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14, the foundation was able to register two teams in the former and latter categories.
There was a baptism of fire of sorts in the opener for the Under 10s when they were put to the sword by Rays of Grace 4-1 in the opening fixture. But with work done by the coaching team under the leadership of L.C III Councillor of Banda Slums Area Ismail Mukoiko, the boys showed that they can learn quickly on the job as they registered an emotional 1-1 result against the much-fancied Proline that was unexpected.