Lord Mayor Lukwago hosts Denis Onyango's coach at City Hall

Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has hosted the Mamelodi Sundowns Head Coach Rulani Mokwena, Denis Onyango's coach, at City Hall.

The Lord Mayor with the Mamelodi coach, Onyango and Kisaka

In his remarks, Lord Mayor Lukwago commended the Rulani for accepting to come and support KCCA FC and asked him to offer opportunities to Uganda players.

“Ugandan boys have talent, give them chance, we shall appreciate,” Lukwago said.

He praised Uganda’s former captain for flying the Uganda flag high in South Africa.

“Onyango, thank you for raising our flag. You inspire so many young people and we are proud of you,” Lukwago said.

Mokwena who is in Uganda on a five-day visit to share knowledge with the KCCA FC technical team in order to strengthen ties between the two teams, has praised the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) for its efforts to develop sports in Uganda.

He was hosted by the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and the KCCA Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka at City Hall yesterday June 21.

“I’m happy to be here. Thank you KCCA for hosting us in this fantastic city. Our visit is not a one-sided exchange because we have also learned a lot from the club and would like to thank KCCA for supporting sports,” Mokwena said.

Rulani has been invited by the KCCA FC management which is in line with the Club’s Five Years Strategic Plan under the Key Result area 5 which is Strategic Partnerships and Alliances. Former Uganda Cranes captain Denis Onyango, who now plays for Mamelodi Sundowns FC, was pivotal in Rulani’s visit to KCCA FC.

According to Kisaka sports is an integral part of Kampala City and having great sportsmen like Rulani visit the city is a privilege.

“Sports is big thing for the young people, it is a fertile ground of opportunities for the youth who make 70% of our population,” Kisaka said.

Onyango said he is committed to helping young stars and the youth to learn.

“As a boy who grew in Kampala, I feel I should give back to the city that raised me. I believe football can change life,” Onyango said.

He said he believes his journey from the slums of Nsambya to now a professional footballer in South Africa is an inspiration to others.

“I want to help the youth believe that it is possible,” Onyango said.

At the end of the meeting, the Lord Mayor and the visitors exchanged gifts and had photo opportunities.

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