Uganda Premier League side Soltilo Bright Stars have today announced a one-year partnership with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The partnership was announced at a function at the club’s home ground – Kavumba Recreational Centre.
Japanese Ambassador to Uganda HE Fukuzawo Hidamoto, Mr. Uchiyama Takayuki, the Chief Representative of JICA Uganda, other jica Staffs and Bright Stars FC’s board of directors, players and technical staff were in attendance.
Club Board member Harold Atukwase noted: “This partnership with JICA is very instrumental for the development of Bright Stars, one of the reasons why Keisuke Honda decided to take on this club is that he wanted to give young children of Uganda an opportunity to train and play football because he also comes with a right to train. JICA has been doing the same here as they try to improve lives of people in Uganda.”
Uchiyama Takayuki, The Chief Representative, JICA Uganda noted: “With this partnership, many people will benefit and as partners of Soltilo Bright Stars we are planning to help many young boys in slums and I must say we are seeing a Bright future with Bright Stars”-
They join a couple of sponsors at the club that include Japanese based Landscape Contracting company Wakana Zouen, Yoshino Trading Limited (clavicle part), Showa Glove Co. Limited, Ashinaga Scholarship Foundation, Ball Field, TresJapan, Next Connect and Africa.
Bright Stars were fifth with 42 points last season when the season was halted due to Covid19 pandemic and will look to better that in the forthcoming season.
Bright stars made a number of new signings in the just concluded transfer window like Nelson Senkatuka, Ivan Irinimbabazi, Dennis Kaka Omony, Derrick Emmanuel Were, Frank Mulindwa, Matthias Lothar Okwalinga, Richard Luyima, Hassan Matovu, Issa Bugembe, Shamuran Kamya, Kushida Kazuto Kushida, Fiat Cleophas and Medi Kyeyune.
The Japanese owned club will open their campaign with a visit away to Mbarara City on Friday 15th at Kakyeka stadium.