The Children’s League 2024: A Triumph of Talent and Teamwork
Aga Khan Primary School football ground was filled with excitement on Saturday 27th January 2024, as young football enthusiasts showcased their skills and sportsmanship in the annual internal tournament, The Children’s League 2024. The event, which drew participants from various of our training centers, featured age categories ranging from U4 to U17. This year’s edition not only highlighted the passion for the sport but also showcased the remarkable growth and development of the young athletes.
The beautiful day begun with gloomy weather sparking tight drizzles during teams arrivals but later stopped to pave way for activity though with a delay in kickoff time. Later in the midmorning hours, the true Pearl of Africa weather showed and gave a new gear for the event smoothness.
The prestigious event was graced by Mr. Kigongo Shafik, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Youth Football Association (UYFA), who served as the Guest of Honor. Mr. Shafik’s presence added significance to the tournament, emphasizing the importance of nurturing talent at the grassroots level.
In the 2023 edition, Team Namugongo had asserted their dominance by clinching victory in an impressive 80% of the age categories. However, this year presented a new narrative as Team Namugongo secured victory solely in the U17 category. The competition was fierce, with other teams stepping up to the challenge.
Team Old Kampala emerged as the standout performers, showcasing their prowess across multiple age categories. They secured victories in the U6, U8, U12, and U14 categories, demonstrating a well-rounded and versatile approach to the game. Their success underscored the depth of talent within Edgars Youth Programme.
Team CTK (Christ The King) demonstrated their skill and determination by claiming victory in the U10 and U16 categories. Their triumph showcased the diversity of talent within the program, with players from different training centers coming together under a common banner to achieve success.
Beyond the scores and victories, The Children’s League 2024 was a testament to the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie among the young athletes. The competition provided a platform for players to not only showcase their skills but also build lasting friendships and mutual respect on and off the field.
The Children’s League 2024 was a resounding success, celebrating the passion and dedication of young footballers within Edgars Youth Programme. The event not only highlighted individual achievements but also emphasized the collective effort of teams striving for excellence. As these young athletes continue to hone their skills, the future looks bright for the development of football talent in Uganda.
The Edgars Youth Programme’s annual tournament not only serves as a platform for friendly competition but also as a crucial avenue for identifying and nurturing future football stars. The Children’s League 2024 will be remembered not just for the victories but for the shared moments of joy, sportsmanship, and the collective pursuit of excellence in youth football.
List of Winners
U6 – Team Old Kampala
U8 – Team Old Kampala
U10 – Team Christ the King
U12 – Team Old Kampala
U14 – Team Old Kampala
U16 – Team Christ the King
U17 – Team Namugongo