PRESIDENT Paul Kagame will meet his counterpart Yoweri Museveni in a highly contested match aimed at marking Ntare School’s alumnin reunion on March 29 in Mbarara.
The match which is being organised by OBs’ association (NSOBA) harbours an ambitious plan to construct a sh817m sports complex and will utilise the function to raise funds for the massive project.
Both Kagame and Museveni will be joined by the old boys who joined Ntare in even years and those who joined in odd years.
The complex to be built on the school premises, will house 3 football pitches, a cricket oval, basketball and volleyball courts, health facilities among others.
NSOBA chairman Capt. Awich Pollar reveleaed to Ugandan media on Friday, “As OBs, we believe sports development is a virgin competitive area and we want to do something about it”
“Ntare has had a great tradition in sports and has provided a number of players who have gone on to represent the country in different disciplines but we are not realising our potential so this project should remedy that.”
The school has previously utilised Kakyeka Stadium in Mbarara for the bulk of its sporting activities; an arrangement Awich says is not ideal if sports is to develop in the school.
He added, “We do believe it will be a seed planted and will inspire other schools to follow suit. We have managed to raise over 1b for construction of the library before and we shall achieve this.”
Awich also revealed that the architectural design and planning had been finalised and that the heads of state were keen on participating in the event.
Presidents Museveni and Kagame featured in a match in another OBs reunion in 2000.
They also helped to fundraise for a modern library for the school’s golden jubilee celebrations in 2006.
President Kagame is an ardent soccer fan and has gone to the extent of staking an annual $60,000 sponsorship towards the Cecafa Kagame Cup since 2002.
During his early stay in Uganda in 80s and early 90s, both President Kagame and late Fred Rwigyema were distingished supporters of SC Villa.