KOBOKO. The woman Member of Parliament for Koboko district Ms Margaret Baba Diri has injected Shs 30million to engage the youth in a district football completion.
The competitions named “Hon Baba Diri Cup 2019” is also meant to promote sports in the district and keep the youths busy and prevent them from engaging in unlawful activities.
The Winner of the overall competition will walk away with Shs 1million, a bull, and a trophy while the runners-up, the third and fourth teams will get Shs 1million, Shs 750,000 and Shs 500,000 respectively.
Baba Diri said her main purpose of introducing and sponsoring the tournament was with the target of making youths busy and physically fit especially after their days’ work.
“Such a tournament also provides entertainment for both the footballers and the public. People love football so much especially men and this will have a kind of live entertainment for them at their disposal, including rural setups”, she said.
While citing Rising stars Club of Koboko, Baba Diri said the tournament can also expose talents among the youths and those successful can be picked to join national and international clubs, a thing that she said becomes a factor of change in their standards of living.
She urged locals and footballers to desist from violence during the tournament so that it does not give a bad image of the respective teams from various sub-counties.
She said there are plans to also consider ladies in the game in the near future so that they do not feel left out.
Chairman for Koboko district football association, Mr Baiti Tairi said since the competition has been legally endorsed, any team or player that misbehaves during the tournament will face district football disciplinary committee for appropriate punishment.
He called upon the MP to incorporate sensitization of youths on issues of social development and economic empowerment so that it transforms their mindset in order to generate ideas for livelihood outside sports activities.
“As talents are being identified and though this is a football activity, there is need to integrate sensitization on economic and social methodologies of livelihood to the youth so that they are empowered to resist poverty”, Baiti said.
Nine teams from each of the divisions are expected to compete in the tournament which begins 23rd and will climax on the 30th of August with the finals.
The sub-counties include Lobule, Kuluba, Ludara, Dranya, Midia, and Abuku while the urban divisions include North, South and West divisions of Koboko municipality.