Gulu Youngster Finally Gets Visa for Brentford football Trials

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15-year-old Luwalo has secured a Canadian visa and is scheduled to leave for trials in Canada on Saturday this week.

Kipper Luwalo, the Gulu youngster who was denied a British visa for trials with Brentford football club in the UK will now travel to Canada, URN has learnt. 15-year-old Luwalo has secured a Canadian visa and is scheduled to leave for trials in Canada on Saturday this week.

He will be escorted by Adrian Banbury, the international coordinator Gulu United FC. James Obalo, the spokesperson Gulu United says that the youngster will spend 10 days on trials in Canada, where his performance will be assessed before he is transferred to Brentford. He says on the completion of his trials in Canada, Luwalo will return to St Josephs College Layibi where he is studying on a bursary awaiting response on his performance.
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Obalo is optimistic that the trials will give the youngster some experience as he will be handled by experts. The young midfielder earned a call-up to the Uganda’s U17 National team.
Matias Lule, the National youth coach said Luwalo was selected because of his quality ball control, accurate passing and his ability to spot his teammates on the pitch.
Luwalo, a primary six pupil at Gulu Primary School, was spotted by Stuart English, the head coach of Brentford FC who was in Gulu last year. Stuart spent two weeks working with coaches and players in a youth football clinic. Luwalo has been under intensive preparations for the trials.
Obalo says that Luwalo’s journey will help open up ways for more talents to be identified. He said the opportunity is a big breakthrough not only for Luwalo but the entire football fraternity in Uganda.


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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.