By James Bariyo 7 July 2017 Mbarara City players and their fans have embarked on a campaign to keep the town clean ahead of the team’s maiden season in the Azam premier league. Mbarara City FC which is currently the only club set to compete in Uganda’s top flight football from western Uganda will host its home matches at Kakyeka stadium in Mbarara Town. Players, football fans and leaders of Mbarara Municipality and the entire district today took to the streets and cleaned them.
The team cleaned areas around Mbarara taxi and bus parks, Mbaguta Street, Bishop Willis Street, Bulemba road among others. Mike Dungu the Mbarara City FC public relations officer told our reporter that the intention of cleaning the town is to play a role in reducing the presence of garbage in the town in addition to appealing to the locals so that they support their home club.
Bonny Tashobya a fan of Mbarara city football club who also doubles as the speaker for Mbarara Municipality told this reporter that the decision by the fans to clean the city is aimed at ensuring that their club operates from a clean environment. He says that Mbarara municipality accumulates a total of 150 tonnes of garbage daily but collects only 120 tonnes. Keneth Umoja a business man in Mbarara town says that he participated in the keep Mbarara Clean campaign to show solidarity to the club which he says holds the hopes of millions of people in western Uganda.
Mbarara city FC also known as the Ankole Lions has already signed three players to strengthen its team and lined up a number of friendly matches. The biggest friendly match will be against Express FC on Friday 08th 2017. Mbarara City Foot Club was founded in 2010 as Citizens FC after the management of Citizens High School in Mbarara decided to start a team to compete in competitive football to help nurture young talent at the school. The team competed in the Western Uganda Regional League starting from 2010 to 2014.
It won the 2014 Western Uganda Regional League and was promoted to the FUFA Big League. In 2015, Citizens F.C. was renamed Mbarara City F.C mainly to get acceptability among Mbarara residents and tap into the huge fan base although the team remained under the management of Citizens High school. On May 5, 2017, the team qualified to play in the Azam Uganda Premier League after defeating Synergy F.C.