Nsereko Musoke Isa
Being in attendance atthe first semifinal of girls’ football in the 8th edition of the famous Airtel Rising Stars, played between Eastern and Western Regions, Uganda Cranes skipper and goal custodian, Dennis Onyango, donated two pairs of gloves to the two goalkeepers in the respective teams. The game was played in Nakawa, Kampala.
Onyango further gathered both sides for a talking session, through which he urged all the players to stick on discipline, education, and abstain from sex if they are to make it to greater levels.
When asked why he donated gloves, Onyango jokingly said that as a goalkeeper, he deals with the glove.
“I have donated gloves because they are the equipment for my job. I deal with gloves more than anything. These two goalies have had a wonderful performance, and this has highly touched my heart to extend the love,” said Onyango.
“Education is a fundamental basic for the young football generation, to prepare for life after sports. I advise you to abstain from sex to have safety,” added Onyango.
This is not the first time for Onyango to extend vital encouraging and advisory words to the public, especially the youth, this year. His move started with a timely visit to Makerere Child Study Center shortly after his return from the 2019 AFCON Finals in Egypt, then also in Luwero, and now in Nakawa.
The semifinal tie ended 8-7 on penalties in favor of Onyango’s home region, Eastern, after a 2-2 draw in normal time. Zainah Nandede scored a brace for Eastern while Shamirah Mbonabana and Ritah Arinaitwe netted the two goals for Western.