Over 5000 youth will be involved in the opening edition of the Entebbe Road Football Tournament expected to kick off on 14th March 2021 at the re-greened Lufuka play-ground, Zana (Kunnya), along Entebbe – Kampala Highway.
This championship is organized by Ndeeba Traders Association (NTA) in conjunction with filthy rich young tycoon, manager Muhammad Yere Kamulegeya.
Dennis Kiige, the local organizing committee secretary of this tournament has formatted the rules and regulations that will govern the tournament to a successful completion.
The chairman of the organizing team is Lamech Kigozi, Brian Lutwama (vice chairman), Kiige (secretary) and Abbasi Lukyamuzi as the treasurer.
There are 32 teams expected to register for this championship whose mode of play will be round-robin with each of the participants registering 25 players with an intended album to be used throughout.
“Entebbe Road Football Tournament season one preparations are in a high gear. We are targeting at least 32 teams with each expected to have 25 players with an album that will be used for the championship. Registration fee is Shs 150,000 per team.
There are hefty prizes that await the top performers as the bull, trophy, cash (Shs. 1,000,000) and gold medals for the best team, the other three teams and exceling individual prizes. For more details, and all those interested, the number 0753876762 is available,” Kiige disclosed.
Kiige asserts that at least one super league and FUFA Big League player will be allowed per team to promote the spirit of talent search from the grassroots.
“Each team will be allowed to use only one super league (Uganda Premier League) licensed player and one from the FUFA Big League as well. This is in the spirit of allowing more none exposed players to be fielded,” Kiige adds.
The 32 teams will be pooled in the different groups before the round robin format with the exceling teams progressing to the subsequent round until the quarter-finals, semi-final and eventual finals.
Some of the teams expected to take part are regional clubs playing the third division leagues, fourth and fifth divisions, academies, school teams, media companies and select sides as well.
The tournament will get underway on the 14th March 2021 and all that matches will be played at Lufuka play-ground, a fortress that has groomed many exciting talents over the years.
Some of the key objectives for this tournament is to provide a platform of talent search, forge unity and cooperation among the people in the post-election era as well as breaking the long boredom from the lock-down effects among others.
- Overall champion: Trophy, Bull, Gold Medals & Shs. 1,000,000
- 1st Runners up: Silver Medals, Goat & Shs. 500,000
- 2nd Runner up: Ball & Shs. 250,000
- 4th Placed team: Ball & Shs. 200,000
- Most Valuable Player (MVP): Plaque
- Top Scorer: Golden Boot
- Best Coach: Truck Suit
- Best Defender: Soccer Boot
- Best Goalkeeper: Gloves
Additional reporting by David Isabirye