By Uspa media

Uganda High Commissioner to Canada Joy Ruth Acheng has promised to add her voice on those agitating for government increase of sports budget.

Acheng made the promise in her speech at the Fortebet Realstars awards held at Lugogo National council of sports where she was the chief guest.

“We have to change the attitude of thinking that sports are leisure. Sports is now a profession and a business that government should invest in more,” She noted.

Uganda’s High commisioner to Canada Joy Ruth Acheng address the media as Real Stars Awards CEO Isaac Mukasa (L) looks on. PHOTO BY KINTHAN IMAGES

She cited players like Mustafa Kiiza who were sported by former Arsenal star Thierry Henry and are earning a living out of sports.

“I want to thank organisers of Real Stars Awards for the role they are playing in the community by spotting young talents, nurturing and then recognising them which motivates them to work harder,” Acheng added.

She also promised to connect Ugandan sports agents to sports clubs and academies in Canada.

For the December winners, Kilembe golf club players Joseph Kasozi won the accolade of the month in golf, Christine Anayo won the cricket accolade and then KCCA FC striker Oscar Mawa won the football category.

Uganda’s High commisioner to Canada Joy Ruth Acheng hands over the plaque to OSCAR MAWA at lugogo. PHOTO BY KINTHAN IMAGES

Mawa, a Gombe High school student, neted six goals in the U-17 CECAFA tournament in Rwanda for Uganda.

The 15year old, last season manged a record 16goals for Uganda’s top soccer club KCCA FC in the league.

Mawa said that the recognition has motivated him to work harder and target top awards in the country and at the continental level.

Golfer Kasozi finished second in the Uganda Golf Open and vowed to continue working hard as he target better performance in future.

Real Star Agency CEO Isaac Mukasa promised to continue motivating the youngsters and also urged corporate companies to support him.

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