Teach young people on how to balance their fun with work.

Shawn Mubiru - Sports Management Specialist
Shawn Mubiru – Communication and Sports Management Specialist

I don’t think there is a problem in following and supporting football. China would not have invested heavily in a FOOTBALL project that they want by 2016 to have reached 1.2 million Chinese students. #Evergrande International Football School lives up to its name. With clock towers, medieval turrets and spires, it looks like JK Rowling and Walt Disney have built a magical castle in rural Guangdong. At night, the turrets are illuminated in vivid blue or red – the school colours – adding to the surreal spectacle. The complex has 50 football pitches and is building 30 more. Not only is it China’s largest academy dedicated to the sport but it is almost certainly the biggest in the world. Football is an industry just like you look at Trade and Agriculture. Every nation has a sport they love, just because we are not interested in parading chicken to fight does not means we don’t respect the Chinese that do it, as Africans we don’t find sense in cheering chicken when we have a better way in eating them. Tell me a Chinese who does not proud themselves in Kung-fu or Martial arts? I think it is not right to define a whole generation on the small mistakes they have done rather than flogging them, let us teach them how to balance their passion and drinking with work.

As we condemn our young people we need to offer the alternative lest we shall be seen as complainers and criticizers alone. We need to address the question of why do they love European football more than Ugandan football? The Chinese discovered that Chinese are developing a culture of getting hooked on their televisions to watch English Premierships and their answer is in building one of the largest academies in the world to start its own professional league the same as English Premiership and also be able to win a world cup one day. What has Uganda done about the football and sports? Don’t they only want to take pictures of winners whom they have not supported from grassroots?

Drinking alcohol day in day out is a quick way to getting silly and on the same point I can ask the same question what are you celebrating? For the young people not knowing who they are is a failure on both family values dwindling and as well as lack of initiative, crowning it up on poor governance as well. If 400,000 graduates come out of Universities every year and government of Uganda has less 9,000 jobs for fresh graduates what do you expect young people to do, even when there are less organizations where they can do internship. Rather than condemning young people we need to accept as a nation that we failed to prepare for them PERIOD!!!!

On Sports Betting: I think Government needs to regulate on this extortion, it started with Sudhir Ruparelia with his lotto and now he is a billionaire after taking so much from Ugandans, If a young man or woman has to sell a piece of land in order to achieve a university degree and after there are no jobs for them what do you think will be on their minds hope or frustration? A nation that does not value the potential in young people is a useless piece of land. Young people are the engine of every nation; they are the hope for ushering in innovation and transformation. What this regime wants only are those Betting companies to take even the little that those young people have so that they can be beggars and kneel for those 350,000 UGX for the propelling of the regime survival.

What we need to teach young people is self mastery and discipline. This country has nowhere a young man or woman can go to learn that within them lies a light if well sharpened they can unlock potential and perform wonders for themselves as well as their nation that should be the message to every young Ugandan not condemning.

Reproving betimes with sharpness, then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom you have reproved, lest he finds you to be his enemy.


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