BY EDWARD AKAAKI
MOROTO: TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2022
An anticipated mouth-watering encounter of soccer between the Karamoja Province and West Nile province this Friday hangs in balance as only 100 litres of fuel provided by UPDF’s 3rd Division is available for the Karamoja Province Team to travel.
The team desperately needs sh3,250,000 for buying additional 500 litres of fuel for the trip to Arua City on Wednesday ahead of the FUFA drum competitions.
Moroto High School has contributed in kind by slashing sh1,000,000 off from the sh5,000,000 it demanded for the hire of its bus for the long journey.
Jones Opong, the Media Officer for the Karamoja Province Team, said they have been struggling in their fundraising drive starting with their political leaders, the business community and other members of the public.
Only Hon Moses Aleper, the Member of Parliament for Chekwi County, has given a cash contribution of sh500,000 that was used to feed the players during the one week residential training camp.
The team which is set to be flagged off from Moroto Boma grounds has had so far a rough ride during training due to shortage of finances.
As the country gets back to celebrating her ancestry through the FUFA drum games, Karamoja province is supposed to take a long drive across the northern region to the city of Arua to face up to the West Nile province in their first round of 16 knockout matches.
Reports from Arua indicate that the technical staff for the West Nile Province team has already assembled a strong contigent of 26-man squad to face the Karamoja Province Team.
However the Karamoja Province team management is still looking for clues of how to raise the requisite funds for the trip, player accomodation, feeding and motivational allowances.
From the travel expenses seen by our reporter, the Karamoja province had planned for the bus hire for a total of 5 days at sh5 million , 600 litres of fuel for the journey to Arua and back to Moroto among others.
Previously, the area MPs, local government politicians, and civil servants in their different ranks, the business community and the public used to generousely mobilise funds to support the Karamoja Province team.
Opong said so far support has only come from Hon Aleper and another welwisher, Charles Omudu, who gave sh500,000 to cater for the sh15,000 per player allowance and sh100,000 allowance for the four team coaches.
Moroto Municipality Mayor, Muhammed Ismail, has pledged sh1.5 million but the pledge will not be fulfilled immediately.
“Our fate right now is in the hands of our leaders and the people in the region because we fear to carry the team with fewer funds and no assurance of providing food or returning home, though we are sure to go for a win,” Opong said.