Gulu United FC plots comeback 4 years down the road.

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He says they have identitied talent such as 16-year old Kipper Luwalo, a senior one student at Gulu United academy who has landed his an oppourtunity to be trained and educated by Brentford FC in London as he pursues his career in football

Gulu United FC is counting on youngsters to make a come back in top flight football in the country. The club executive says they are counting on the success of their youth academy to make it to the main FUFA league.   The club, that returned to the super league in 2010 after 11 years of battling insecurity and financial setbacks, failed to maintain its place and was relegated to the Big League where it earned a suspension after failing to honor its fixtures. 

James Obalo, the spokesperson Gulu United FCsays they want to make a come back at a whole different level as they are now focusing on a building a young team.  He says the team is comprised of Under-18 yearsof age who are studying at St Josephs college Layibi, Under-16 and under -12 at Gulu primary school. He says some of the youngsters are ready to play for the senior Gulu United football team. Obalo says Gulu United will be a team to watch because of its partnership with Brent Ford FC in London, Power FC and UMBRO.
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 He says they have identified talent such as 16-year old Kipper Luwalo, a senior one student at Gulu United academy who has landed his an opportunity to be trained and educated by Brentford FC in London as he pursues his career in football.   He says there are other players like C.P Mwaka, Francis Onakalit, Agunda Otim and Joel Akaka who need to be supported to nurture their talent.

 He says they are planning to start some projects such as a club merchandise shop that will support the club financially to avoid previous troubles. 
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Denis Ayella, a former Games teacher at one of the schools in Gulu says many parents have a negative attitude towards football and therefore cant support their children. He says when it comes to teams like Gulu United, the financial challenges are bigger as the club cant even transport or accommodate their players. Ayella says that clubs should find ways fund-raise and lobby for funds to motivate the youngsters. 
Aldo Otto, the  Gulu district sports officer blames the earlier woes of Gulu United FC on lack of discipline amongst players. He says most of the players played as if they were meant to please some other person instead of nurturing their talent. 

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.