Bombonians FC: Non League Team Harbouring Bigger Dreams

Football is a game that millions of people around the world play and love. It can be called a universal game because every small and big Nation plays it.

Moreover, it’s a great relaxer, stress reliever, teacher of discipline and teamwork, apart from that it keeps the body and mind fit and healthy.

It’s a team game that makes it a more enjoyable game as it teaches people the importance of sportsmanship, leadership & unity.

According to Afande Kalsum Nakato, the President of Bombonians FC, the urge to develop and groom talents to get exposure propelled her and a group of youth to starting this club.

Player going through the training drills.

Bombonians Football Club is an association football club whose players are between 10 to 20 years old. It is based in Lomule North, Bombo in Luwero District.

The small club competes in local festive tournaments.

Bombonians FC was founded to develop and groom talents of young ones to get exposure in order to achieve their dreams.

“There has always been an air of optimism that has driven the club to do well,” says Abdu Rahman, who is now the technical advisor of Bombonians FC.

“This club was formed to keep young boys away from drugs. We got together, had a meeting and started the club.

“We don’t have sponsors, we collect membership fees and some of our well wishers have helped us a lot to kick start our journey.”

Head coach Isaac Opio (Taff X) says that they intend to keep the recovery addicts busy: “We go to the ground everyday to practice & maintain a healthy environment away from drugs and alcohol.”

“We are giving a platform to youngsters not only the locals but countrywide. We don’t have sponsors yet but we would wish to get one.”

The gaffer adds that most of the youngsters could not get exposure and playing time in the tournaments. “So we decided to come out with a platform were they can show off their talents.”

The team has volunteer players.

Abdul Hakim, the co-founder & the skipper of Bombonians FC says that the club has helped the youth to keep busy and fit, kicking them away from drugs.

Hakim says: “We would like to have more players than we have now to promote unity and competition. My plan is to have the team registered in the FUFA competition leagues.”

Team captain Abdul Hakim

The club was established in 2014 by a group of youths and later supported by Afande Kalsum.

Bombonians reached the finals of both Easter & Iddi cup in 2018 & 2019 respectively losing both of them 1-0.

The club is yet to register for any official FUFA competitions due to financial difficulties since they lack sponsorship.

In 2015, Bombonians FC made their debut in the Iddi cup tournament at Bombo 21 miles kataka playground where they were eliminated from the group stages.

Three years later they lost the Independence cup final 1-0 to Rugaruga FC a local rival. Last year, a team of young talented youth guided by their gaffer Opio Isaac “Baby Faced Taff X” were beaten 1-0 in the final to the 10 times champions and the favourites Super Bullet.

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