Samuel Eto’o and Yaya among African stars coming to Uganda. Getty Images
Regarded by many as Africa’s greatest player and among the best strikers the world has ever seen, Samuel Eto’o Fils, headlines the elite list of African stars coming to Uganda.
The stars are coming in the country to play a game with Ugandan legends as part of the Uganda – Friendship week.
Eto’o is a record holder for the most number of appearances by an African player in La Liga and has won the La Liga three times, among other achievements.
Yaya Toure, El Hadji Diouf, Benjani Mwaruwari, Taribo West, Emmanuel Eboue are the other notable stars.
Didier Drogba is yet to be confirmed but has been included on the list.
They will be arriving in the country on March 20, train at Namboole the following day before the game at March 22.
The guest players will also visit some local schools and share a moment with the children and promote the values of sport.
Uganda’s squad will be captained by Geoffrey Massa.
The African Stars – Aboubaker Camara, Kossi Agassa, Allasane Ndour, Aliou Goloko, Didier Drogba, Kamara Diomansy, Diouf El Hadji, Nkongolo Herita Ilunga, Olivier Kapo, Khalilou Fadiga, Lomana Tresor Lualua, Benjani Mwaruwari, Geremi Njitap, Shabani Nonda, Robert Kidiaba, Samuel Eto’o, Mohamed Sissoko, Taribo West, Didier Zokora, Emmanuel Eboue, Yaya Toure.
Must Know About Uganda France Week
The Uganda-France friendship week consists in a series of events taking place from March 21 (Francophone) until March 28 (Rugby tournament and concert) 2020.
Eight days with nine events to organise a joyful, positive, collaborative week celebrating the friendship between Uganda and France through culture, sport, business, music, defence cooperation and gastronomy.
This week is organised by the French embassy, Uganda Olympics Committee, Alliance Francaise Kampala, Francophone and Uganda companies.
France Ambassador to Uganda, Jules-armand Aniambossou, commented that the events are intended to open the embassy to all Ugandans as the two countries seek to work together.
“Am very sure that Ugandans will appreciate all these events,” the Ambassador said while addressing the press at French Residence. “We need to cooperate with the locals, the Ugandans are very creative people and we will target knowledge transfer. This is an opportunity for France to contribute to sports in Uganda.”
Uganda Olympics Committee President William Blick, FUFA Vice President Justus Mugisha, other officials and sponsors were also present.
”As Uganda breweries we are honoured. Its our first time in the partnership, and we pledge to stay for more coming years,” UBL head of luxury portfolio Annet Nakiyaga stated.
“At UBL, our mantra is that We celebrate life everyday and everywhere. We are fronting Junior walker as our lead brand for the concert.
There will be celebrations and expect many local artistes performing like Bebe Cool, Chameleon, Sheebah, Vinka among others at the Lugogo cricket Oval on 28th March.”
Timeline of Events:
Francophone Day (21 March) – Celebration of Francophone cultures – Free entry
All stars football game (22 March) – Sh10,000 at Namboole
Gastronomy Day (March 23)
Fashion Day (March 24) – Fashion showcase of Uganda
Defence day (25 March) – Celebration of military cooperation.
Business and Innovation Day (March 26) – Business forum to enhance business between Uganda and France
Sports day (March 27) – Rugby workshop Rugby Workshops by French and Ugandan players in selecting schools.
Festival day (March 28) – Rugby Tourney. Kyadondo
Closing event – Kassav and Vegedream concert