This comes after the players through their captain Denis Okot went to one of the radio stations airing out the dissatisfaction of how they were being treated during this time yet when they won the trophy, they were darlings to many people.
Fans of Acholi Province FC have written to the patron of the team
to find ways of supporting the players during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Acholi Province FC are the reigning champions of the annual
FUFA Drum tournament. The deputy speaker of parliament, Jacob Oulanyah is the patron of the team.
The communication to the Club patron comes after Acholi Province players through their captain Denis
Okot went to one of the radio stations airing out the dissatisfaction of how
they are being treated during this time and yet they were praised when they won the title.
According to Okot, who also captains Uganda Premier League side Bidco FC, he receives several
calls from fellow players appealing for support from the province and fans since
their source of livelihood was halted by FUFA in March
this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Anthony Okello Adunya, the chairperson of the fans says they
want the patron and Ker Kwaro Acholi, the cultural institution to support the
players with relief food during the lockdown.
According to Adunya, so far each of the players received 100,000
shillings from the province in addition to other donations that came in from the fans who
are based in Kampala like 50 kgs of maize flour, 11 trays of eggs
cooking oil, beans among others.
Adunya notes that they are waiting for feedback on the letter
they wrote to the patron Jacob Oulanyah, the deputy speaker of parliament and
the prime minister Ker Kwaro Acholi.
Last week the fans from Kitgum district contributed 500,000 which was given to the 30 players who participated in last year`s competition.
Michael Ojok is a multi-channel reporter based in Gulu district (Northern Uganda). He is interested in humanitarian stories, culture, conflict, peace, environment, health and education.