Arsenal to visit Uganda in 2019

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English Premier League side Arsenal will visit Uganda in June 2019 after striking a deal with the country’s sports authorities.

The head of the National Council of Sports (NCS) Bosco Onyik on Thursday announced that his country had reached an agreement with Arsenal as part of a sports tourism project.

He also said that the Gunners had agreed to train Ugandan coaches as well as host the Uganda Cranes for a training session at the Emirates Stadium in London.

“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. 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,” Xinhua quotes Onyik.

The NCS board said it hoped the partnership between Uganda and Arsenal would enhance the development of football in the country and also help market its sports tourism better.

State Minister in-charge of Sports Charles Bakkabulindi said that details regarding the training of coaches would be revealed in March 2017, when officials from Arsenal are scheduled to travel to Uganda to sign a Memorandum of Understanding.

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