Ogwang Lauds Amus, Bukedea After ISF World Cup Success

The State Minister for Sports, Hon. Peter Ogwang, has hailed Uganda’s achievements at the 2024 ISF Football World Cup in Dalian City, China, emphasizing both the successes and the lessons learned from the international event.

Part of the contingent that represented Uganda in China returned to a heroic welcome on Tuesday.

In his remarks upon the delegation’s return at Entebbe International Airport, Minister Ogwang also commended the infrastructural advancements observed in China.

“We learnt a lot in China in terms of infrastructure development,” he noted.

“The place where we were is entirely an academy, a training centre which was able to host the International tournament for the Schools Federation.”

The Ugandan teams, represented by Amus College School and Bukedea Comprehensive, won silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Ogwang highlighted their commendable performance, particularly Amus College School’s silver medal finish after a narrow penalty shootout loss to China 1, and Bukedea Comprehensive securing bronze by defeating China 2.

“I want to congratulate the schools that represented us, mostly Amus College and Bukedea Comprehensive, who got Silver and Bronze respectively,” Ogwang stated.

Reflecting on the near-miss for gold, he added, “It was possible that we could have won gold, but those are a few things we can learn going forward.”

Minister Ogwang also acknowledged the role of the Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Association (USSSA) in fostering young talent. “I want to thank USSSA for promoting the talent of our children at a young age,” he said, underscoring the importance of early sports development programs.

During his visit, Minister Ogwang met with the president of the International School Sport Federation (ISF) to discuss potential partnerships.

He revealed that plans are underway to host the African Championships for school games in Uganda in 2026.

“We discussed areas of partnerships specifically; they are going to have a meeting to bring up the African Championships for the games here in Uganda in 2026,” he announced.

Looking ahead, Ogwang emphasized the need for continued efforts and development. “Overall, there were lessons learnt, there is more work to be done,” he concluded, indicating the government’s commitment to enhancing sports infrastructure and training programs.

Bronze medal winners Bukedea Comprehensive will be jetting in on Wednesday.

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