After nearly three years on halt, TotalEnergies EP Uganda (TEPU) has resumed the annual Nwoya Football Mini-league.
The league that had gained ground amongst the youth in company’s area of operation in the ALbertine Graben was suspended to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Speaking at the kick-off ceremony at Anaka Primary Schhool in Nwoya town council yesterday, Mr Christopher Ocowun, the oil company’s Public Relations Co-ordinator, expressed optimism that the resumption will help to push the league’s objectives of promoting sportsmanship, talent search and development.
He added that it is in line with the commitment to youth development under TotalEnergies pillars of Youth Inclusion & Education and Creating Value for Society.
Mr Ocowun added that the league also facilitates the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal 3 regarding Good Health and Wellbeing.
“We chose to develop sports partnerships within our areas of operation to enhance community relations and create value to the community by grooming sportsmen and promote unity among the youth themselves.
It also provides an opportunity for engagement with the public and evoke a spirit of togetherness and conviviality among us living and working within the community,” he said.
The league comprising of 16 clubs from all the sub-counties in the district is undertaken in partnership with Nwoya District Football Association and the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA).
It has kicked off with new formations to include a 30-club qualifier football gala organised by Nwoya District Football Association. The winning team will benefit from the TotalEnergies sponsorship to the fifth division of the 2023 FUFA league in line with the Company’s ambition to promote talent.
TotalEnergies has also refurbished two football pitches at Anaka Primary School and Anaka Central School that will host the games to ensure a safe and good sporting environment.
Prizes including a bull, goats, medals, sports regalia and certificates will be given out to the first runner-up and second runner-up teams, most disciplined team best player, top scorer, best mid fielder, best defender, best goalkeeper and man of the match for all matches.
Mr Emmanuel Orach, the Nwoya District Chairman welcomed the resumption of the league acknowledging that it promotes the relationship between the community and TotalEnergies.
Officials from the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU), Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) and China National Off-shore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) attended the function.