Lack of Funds Hampers Football Development

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Charles Ochan, the chairperson of Kitgum District Football says they are faced with an uphill task.

The future of football development in Kitgum district is bleak because of lack of funds. Kitgum District Football association is struggling to mobilize finances from well-wishers and sports lovers to organize tournaments to push clubs that qualify from first and second divisions to the zonal league. Charles Ochan, the chairperson of Kitgum District Football says they are faced with an uphill task.

Ocan says for the last three years, they have made various attempts to mobilize the business community in Kitgum to support local clubs for the zonal league without success. He says the only business entity that has identified with football in the district is Homeland Bus company. Ocan says that so far 14 clubs have registered to play in the lower divisions but none of them has the financial power to travel outside the district for competition.
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Ocan says the problem is worsened by the absence of the district sports officer. He says even the little money the district is supposed to provide has never been paid in the last ten years because of lack of a sports officer. Ocan says the district has been promising to recruit a sports officer for so many years in vain. He says that unless a sports officer is recruited, the situation may not change.
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The district education department has not yet responded why it has taken long to recruit a sports officer. Attempts to get a comment from both the District Education Officer and Secretary for Education were futile as they were not in office by the time of filing this story. Leaders of different clubs have also remained non committal on their financial woes. James Okeny, an ardent football fan in the district however blames both the football officials and district local government for the mess.
 He says the officials use most of the time fighting each other, which in affects the clubs. He has challenged the district political leadership to explain why they donate balls during campaigns, but as soon as elections are over, they resort to fighting the district football.


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