By Max Patrick Ocaido
New Teso soccer giants-Usuk United on Wednesday gave Proline Academy a run for their money despite losing 1-3 to the reigning champions of Uganda Cup.
The Usuk boys have since Tuesday been camped in Kampala courtesy of their area MP Peter Ogwang who also doubles as backbench parliamentary commissioner.
During the friendly match at Star Times Stadium, Lugogo, Usuk boys broke the deadlock with a fine finish at the beginning of the second half before Proline showed pedigree in the last 20minutes to score 3 goals.
While addressing the Usuk team at the end of the game, Ogwang commended the team for putting up a good fight against Proline, a team that has been promoted to the Azam Premier League. He also urged his home players to stay focused, hardworking and maintain good discipline if they are to be spotted by giant clubs in Kampala.
“I am determined to support local talent for as long as you (boys) remain disciplined, professional and above all stay away from activities like alcoholism,” Ogwang said. He vowed to procure for the local team standard soccer boots and other training equipment in partnership with Proline boss Kasule Mujib who also promised to support the team.
Mujib commended the young boys of Usuk for playing confidently against his Proline team and exhibiting high passing touches that clearly defines Proline system of play. He promised to closely watch some of the players for future business.
“For a long time we have been asking what is happening from the East and in particular Teso. So I thank Hon Ogwang for having volunteered time and resources to give you the local players a platform to showcase your talent,” Mujib said.
“You (players) are deep from Katakwi, but you have been playing like these players in Kampala who have access to good training facilities. Proline is known for passing the ball and very many teams struggle to play against us, but you people came here and played the same game that we play; you were comfortable and fearless,” Mujib said.
He also promised to work with Ogwang to upgrade the coaches in Usuk and Katakwi after the players raised the matter as a big challenge. Apparently, the entire district has less than 5 professional coaches.
“So we are now proud that there is football in Katakwi and we hope that the next Emma Okwi comes from this team,” Mujib added.
Courtesy of Hon Ogwang, the Usuk team will today (Thursday) pay a courtesy visit to Parliament and follow parliamentary proceedings at the chambers.
The Usuk team that is camped at the leafy Colline Hotel in Mukono will also be taken around Entebbe International Airport before playing another friendly game on Friday against MP Allan Ssewanyana’s Katwe FC that has been promoted to the FUFA Big League.