Blacks Power FC to stay put in Lango – club president Dr. Ogwel promises
Last Updated on: 19th February 2022, 07:10 pm
Blacks Power FC is playing in the FUFA Big League with Akii Bua memorial stadium its home ground.
By Regina Lalam Olal
Lira – February 19, 2022: The club president of Blacks Power FC Dr. Patrick Ogwel has promised the club’s fans, supporters, and people of Lango that they are going nowhere.
Dr. Ogwel made this promise during a press conference on Friday, February 18 from Town View Hotel in Lira City.
Now in charge of the club for the last five years, Dr. Ogwel responded to some ‘rumors’ that Blacks Power FC was temporary in Lira city.
Rumors were that the club is only looking for a playing ground and would later return to Bukedea where it was based and was named Bukedea Football Club.
He told the media that the club is being run by Agness Mugena as the chairperson while he serves as the club President.
FUFA Big League [FBL] side Blacks Power FC shifted their home ground from Emokori to the Akiiua stadium in Lira ahead of the 2021/2022 season.
Blacks Power FC was formed as a community football club in 2006 and it has been in the FUFA BIG League for five consecutive years as revealed by Dr. Ogwel.
“We decided to change the name of the club from Bukedea to Blacks Power because there was a need to register the club under clear ownership. Secondly, there was mismanagement of Emokori ground by the Bukedea authority and there were also wrong perceptions by people that the club was receiving support from the Town Council,” he explained.
Currently, the club has made some improvements in the Akii Bua Memorial stadium: there is a tapwater connected both in the dressing room and outside.
Ground leveling and erecting fences are being done.
To improve the club, to qualify in the top three this season, plan to start a football academy for U17s next year as required by the Federation of Uganda Football Association [FUFA] is being undertaken.
According to Dr. Ogwel, four of the young talents can be promoted to the senior team in a season and he is hopeful that through the structure some players will be integrated into the national team.
Erina Elem Peter, chairman of Lira District Football Association (DFA) encouraged the media team to support the club and play their roles in football development.
He discouraged them not to rely on rumors, but be in touch with the club for accurate information concerning them.
Chairperson Agnes Mugena said despite poor reception by sections of people in the sub-region, they should be focused and perform well in the league this season.
She expects people to own the club.
On Saturday, Dr. Ogwel donated ten balls to Lira City Council Football Club to help in their footballl development.