December 9, 2021

Is A’ita’s three-year ambitious plan for West Nile feasible?

By Baron Kironde
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Arua Hill SC players celebrate one of their two goals against Express at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku / Arua Hill SC Image

Arua Hill SC chairman, Joel Jaffer A’ita did stress the fact that Arua district, where his newly promoted club hails should be in position to send upto a maximum of five representatives within the next three-years to the Uganda Premier League.

This he communicated through his social media platform (facebook) where he spoke about their proposed launch of a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative alongside their key sponsor Development Infrastructure (DI).

It was through the same communication on Sunday, October 17, that A’ita revealed the club’s plan to donate branded balls to various West Nile clubs in an effort to promote football within the region.

“Our goal is to promote football in West Nile so as to ensure that in the next three years, the region gets to have five teams playing in the UPL,” A’ita stressed during an interview with the media.

“With this handled well, Arua will become a football city and Yumbe will be the labour-ward of football,” he added.

For a chairman who steered the Kongolo family’s steady and successful journey to topflight football in a relatively short period, such an ambitious plan of having close to five clubs from the region represented is conceivable.

Where it becomes debatable though is the gestation period of the plan, three years (before 2025) might just be a short time since the plan is comprehensive of the entire region and not just Arua Hill SC.

It will also do justice to recall that a month back, A’ita had made the big announcement about the same course following a meeting with Douglas Smith, proprietor of Sports Rise which is a Ugandan football manufacturing company.

It was through this solidarity and the patriotic spirit of Buy Uganda, Build Uganda (BUBU) that the Arua Hill SC chairman offered the tender of making branded balls for the club to Sports Rise.

These are the same balls that the Kongolo family will use to train but also donate some to other West Nile Football Clubs in order to realize this humongous dream.

By the look of things, the balls are now ready to be put to good use in line with football development within the West Nile at large and the district of Arua in particular.

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