Premier League giants Arsenal are set to tour Uganda in June 2019 as part of a sports tourism project, according to National Council of Sports Chairman Bosco Onyik.
The NCS chief has confirmed that a deal has been finalised which will see the Gunners offering coaching support to Ugandan coaches and invest in training facilities in the East African nation.
“We went to London last month on January 16th and had three meetings with management of Arsenal FC with the aim of partnering with them,” Onyik told Xinhua.
“We agreed that they will train some of our coaches, give the Uganda Cranes chance to train at the Emirates Stadium in London, build an academy and also have their team to visit in June next year to tour Uganda and play some matches.”
The Chinese source has further revealed that the State Minister of Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi, has confirmed that details on the construction of the academy will be unveiled in March.
“Putting up a well-established academy in Uganda will help develop football better in the country,” said Bakkabulindi.
“The training of coaches will help them develop and spot talent better in the country,” he added. “Football is a big sport that is very marketable and this explains why we are thinking big to have partnerships.”
At the beginning of 2017, the Arsenal Foundation partnered with the Family of Hope – a school for children with special educational needs – to build new football pitches in Uganda.