By Regina Lalam & Frank Oyugi
August 25, 2020: Lira Sports Academy (LSA) has secured a partnership with Kampala Capital City Council Authority Football Club (KCCA FC). The partnership (deal) comes with various benefits and opportunities for up-country players, TND Sports has learnt.
LSA, just like the name suggests, has been and is currently identifying and nurturing young players in Lango sub-region, but it also has senior players.
Briefing Lira Media Sports fraternity on Friday, the authorities of the academy disclosed vast developments surrounding the club as they unveiled a new set of jerseys offered by KCCA FC, further announcing that the partnership lasts for five years.
Bob Obira, a legendary player, is the current manager at the Academy. He says although all sporting activities came to a halt on 18, March 2020 when President Museveni announced that there should be no sporting activities in the country as a way of combating the spread of coronavirus pandemic, they have been making great strides at the academy including securing this partnership.
Mr Ochogo James Otega, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) also confirmed at the Fridays’ presser that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the two parties earlier last week on 16, August 2020.
TND Sports has since established that the good working relationship started all the way back when the current manager for Lira Sports Academy, Mr. Bob Obira, was once a player with KCCA FC for three years.
Mr Obira, locally known as “Boby Boby” while at KCCA FC, went through the hands of Mike Mutebi, who is also currently coaching KCCA FC.
KCCA FC will buy (5) five players every year, which will be produced by Lira Sports Academy as agreed.
And in addition, the Kampala based club is also willing to provide other supports for training materials, training team officials, and others.
Lira Sports Academy has produced a total of five (5) players in the names of Musa Ramathan aged 18, Otim Jerome, 16, Ogang Joseph, 16, Ogwal Raphael, 16, and Ayoi Ambrose, 16.
Talented Uganda Crane’s midfielder, Allan Okello who’s currently plying his trade with Paradeou FC in Algeria, played for KCCA FC. He’s a product of LSA.