In a bid to further their growth, Soltilo Bright Stars has entered a partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that will see a longevity of at least a year.
Bright Stars has in recent years had a strong partnership with Japan and anything with a semblance to it which started the moment Japanese football legend Keisuke Honda took over ownership of the club in 2017.
“I am very happy that JICA has come out on board to work with Bright Stars. It will help us push our core values of helping improve livelihoods,” club representative Harold Atukwatse noted.
“Their purpose of improving the lives of Ugandans is not very far from what we believe in at Soltilo Bright Stars, so in a nutshell, this is a match made in Heaven.”
“One of the reasons for this partnership is to help expose Ugandan players to better and bigger opportunities in the world and Japan perhaps. At the moment, it has no monetary exchange,” he confirmed.
JICA representative Takayuki Uchiyama expressed his gratitude to the club for giving them the opportunity of working with them in their bid to help improve lives in the football circles.
“One of the reasons why we feel this partnership is important is because Soltilo Bright Stars is committed towards helping people dream,” he said.
“Together with the other projects we are dealing with in Uganda, we are committed towards improving sports and Solitilo Bright Stars is part of these very many projects,” he added.
Among the attendants of the ceremony was Japan’s Ambassador to Uganda, His Excellence Fukuzawa Hidemoto who confirmed their continued support towards improving sports.
“Japan is committed to international cooperation and exchange through sports,” the ambassador said.
“My dream is to have Japan continue helping sports in the country in order to facilitate further improvements. I know we shall have more Japanese players come to Uganda and Ugandans moving the other way,” he summed.
Who are JICA?
JICA is a development cooperation charter of Japan that works on human security and quality growth. It assists developing countries as a team executing agency of the Japanese ODA (Official Development Assistance).
Among its other ongoing projects are the Kampala Flyover Construction and Road Upgrading Project, the National Roads in Refugee Hosting Areas of WestNile Sub Region, Traffic Control in Kampala City.
Other mega projects also include; Construction of a new bridge across River Nile and the Kampala Metropolitan Transmission Improvement Project