The seventh edition of the Watoto Wasoka slums derby has been successfully launched on Wednesday at Jovani Hotel, Bakuli.
The slums derby is an annual tournament organized by the Watoto Wasoka foundation that brings together slum kids to play the game of football they love most.
The seventh edition will feature the Girls’ slum Derby with over 100 girls slated to take part in the fourth Girls’ edition.
Previously, editions took place at Mulago, Busega, Kamwokya, Kibuli, and Kyambogo.
However, this year’s edition will take place at Kazo, at the famous Kazo playground slated for 18th t0 19th May 2019.
The major aims of this derby are to bring the slum children together and bring opportunities to them in the form of scholarships, bursaries, and others.
“Football is much more from the competition and it helps children to learn much far from football and other beneficiaries from the Slum Derby.
“It’s not very hard to work with these kids despite coming from different slums. They are children like others, behave well and are friendly, so it’s easy to cooperate with them.”
Said Watoto Wasoka’s Executive Director Francis Mugoya during the launching ceremony.
This year’s edition will have over eight teams that will participate in the boys and girls category with the theme ‘Football made in slums.’
The tournament is open to boys who are under the age of 13 and free to all girls apart from those that have reached on the National team.
“I encourage the youths to involve in the slums derby, they can become lucky and become like we or even much better than us.”
Said Ashraf Mugume who is also a product of Watoto Wasoka slums derby.
Other players who are as a result of slums derby are Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), Moses Waiswa (Vipers SC), Frank Tumwesigye Zaga (Express but on loan from Vipers SC), Goffin Oyirwoth (Express), Okiro and others.
Also, Uganda Cranes Kezron Kizito came from Watoto Wasoka foundation and started a soccer Academy in Nakaseke.
The tournament that involves Ghetto kids competing against others started in 2013 and is counting the sixth year of existence.
Since the start, over400 kids have been spotted and accessed sports bursaries, and scholarships through the Slums Derby.
2013 – Spartans 09
2014- Super Heroes
2015 – Super Heroes
2016 – Uganda Martyrs
2017 – Kampala Junior Team (KJT)
2018 – Mustada
The winner on the finals of this year’s day two tournament on the 19th of May will have prizes to grab like gloves, balls, trophies, boots among others.