KAMPALA, January 15, 2018 - Academy coaches at English Premier League outfit, West Bromich Albion football club had a great moment playing with kids of the slums of Acholi Quarters one afternoon under the Aliguma foundation that promotes slum soccer.
The two coaches, Jonathan Ward and Lawrence Dave arrived in Uganda on Sunday, 7 January, under the arrangement of Patrick Gwayambadde, the director of Excel soccer academy.
Dave, with 12 years of experience at the West Bromich FC academy football, who is also the head of sports at the Albion Foundation was excited working with the talent he saw in the Acholi Quarters slums.
"We must do whatever it takes to also support women soccer in this country because the girls can play good soccer too.
"I am enthused to have an incredible talented crop of young players I am playing with,” he said.
Coach Jonathan who immediately put on a Slum Soccer red shirt played with so much passion scoring an excellent free kick goal which created a huge fun base for him.
“I have scored the best goal ever in my football career! I have not played such a good and very interesting game in a long time. You just don't know the kind of talent you have here. Slum Soccer is phenomenal," Coach Jonathan said.
“Slum kids are all passionate and willing to learn the game of football at any cost no matter the situation. There's so much talent that must be tapped."
An excited Apio Juliet, 17, one of the slum girls who had a good experience with coaches from West Brom in the slums of Acholi quarters was excited about playing on the same unplayable pitch with them.
"I can't believe that these coaches would come down to play with us on such bad ground. They are friendly and have taught us to be disciplined and not to give up on football no matter the situation. They have promised to come back and train us, we can't wait for another experience," Apio said.
"I am happy that these two West Brom youth coaches are here with us," Ritah Nanyonga,7, spoke out with excitement.