By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA.The Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Operations Maj Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba has challenged the youth to embrace sports for physical fitness and better health.
The General was on Sunday evening officiating at the finals of Muhoozi Victory Cup, a tournament to which he has been supporting since 2013.
The football and netball games took place at Wankulukuku playground.
Gen Kainerugaba observed that through sports the youth will build physical fitness and remain strong. He also urged the young people to take good care of their health and avoid catching the deadly HIV/AIDS.
"Don't go drugs and sexual promiscuity, don’t get sick of AIDS," he warned adding that the physical fitness attained through sports will not benefit them if they live reckless lives.
General Kainerugaba who has been supporting the sports tournament since 2013 commended the organisers for approaching and also using his name for a good cause.
"Some people use my name sometimes for bad things but this time it (my name) was used for the good thing.This is a very good thing," he said proposing to develop the tournament into a fully-fledged league.
"Let's get more professional people who can advise us on how to build a good league. I will start this journey with Shs10million," Gen Kainerugaba said as he handed the cash to Mr Fred Mayanja, one of the organisers of tournament.He noted that elevating the tournament to a league status will attract more potential sponsors and bring in more money.
General Kainerugaba also urged the youth to love their country and always defend it at all times.
"Love your country and protect it against all enemies, both internal and external enemies," he said.
He added that whatever Uganda has achieved is because of the contribution of patriotic Ugandans, urging the youth to emulate them.
The General said the Shs10million he contributed could help in maintenance of the pitch as well as the construction of the toilet facility, which the tournament organisers said was a challenge during sports events.
Mayanja expressed gratitude to Gen Kainerugaba for supporting sports activities.
"Thank you for not letting me down when I approached you requesting for support in 2013," he said.
The winning teams and the runners up in both football and netball were rewarded with trophies, a bull, goats, jerseys and footballs among others.
Oldies Football team emerged this year's Football champions after beating Vienna High School 6-5 in penalty shootout, an entertaining game which the General keenly watched.
About the tournament
Pastor Fred Mayanja, the founder of the tournament says he started it in 1993 as a young boy out of his love for sports.
He delved into brief history of how the tournament had evolved over the years under different sponsors until 2013 when he approached Gen Kainerugaba asking him to organize the tournament in his name.
"At first we didn't even have trophies for the champions," he said.
Several football teams from Luweero, Kampala and Mukono participated in this year's sports tournament which has been going on for the last four months.