Young Elephants, Black Tigers face off in Nwoya TEPU finals

Young Elephants (donned in green jersey) during a semifinal against The Lions Power FC on August 21, 2022, at Anaka primary school playground. (Image: Denis Omony)

Young Elephants FC from Purongo Sub-county and Black Tiger Wilacic FC from Lii Sub-county will face off in the highly anticipated Nwoya TotalEnergies Mini League finals slated for August 27, 2022, at Anaka Central Primary School playground in Anaka town council, Nwoya District.

In the semifinals played on Sunday, August 21, 2022, both teams recorded an emphatic victory.

Young Elephants ended the hopes of The Lions Power FC who were earlier touted as title contenders, with a 4-0 win while Black Tigers FC defeated Stallions FC 3-1.

The meeting between the two giants is one that everyone has been talking about and now the final result is set as they have to face each other for bragging rights at the end.

However, George Opiyo, the head coach of Black Tigers Wilacis FC, said that they are not afraid of this big clash.

“I know Young Elephants FC is a big club that has been playing in the regional league for some years, and they have everything it takes to win the game,” said Opiyo.

Adding: “But we are coming from far away and our aim has always been to finish the league as champions and possibly get financial support from TotalEnergies Uganda in our preparation for the Fifth Division league organised by the Uganda Football Federation.”

Black Tigers (in green jersey) during a quarter-final against Kinene Young Generations FC on August 20, 2022, at Anaka Central primary school playground in Nwoya District. (Image: Denis Omony)

The overall winner of the annual competition receives a trophy and a bull as well as the support of TotalEnergies Uganda in the Fifth Division League, a FUFA organised competition.

In addition to the overall prize for the winning team, other prizes such as goats, medals, sportswear and certificates will be awarded to the second and first place teams, the most disciplined team, the best player, the top scorer, the best midfielder, the best defender, the best goalkeeper and the man of the match for all matches.

All teams and individual players will also receive certificates.

Mr Christopher Ocowun, TotalEnergies EP Uganda Public Relations Coordinator, explained during the opening ceremony that the aim of the league is to promote both sportsmanship and talent search and development as part of the company’s commitment to youth development under the TotalEnergies pillars of youth integration and education and value creation for society.

“At TotalEnergies, we have chosen to develop sports partnerships across our businesses to enhance community relations. These events provide an opportunity to engage with the public and inspire a spirit of togetherness and conviviality among those of us who live and work in the community,” Mr Ocowun said.

He added that sports such as TotalEnergies annual tournament are highly appreciated not only in the Nwoya community but also throughout the country and provide a unique opportunity for the professionalisation and growth of sports in the district and in the country, the identification of talents and the promotion of player engagement and motivation of youth interested in the profession.

A total of 16 soccer clubs from all over Nwoya participated in the competition this year unlike the previous years when only Purongo and Got Apwoyo sub-counties, where oil is discovered in Murchison Falls National Park, participated.

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