Nsereko Hamzah Kawuma commonly known in the sports circles as Afriqana has become the latest Ugandan to join the Africa Beach Soccer governing body ABSU. According to a congratulatory message on Fufa official social media handles, Nsereko has been appointed to the Africa Beach Soccer Union Secretariat as a Media Officer. “Congratulations to our own Nsereko Hamzah Kawuma alias Afriqana for being appointed to the Africa Beach Soccer Union (ABSU) Secretariat as a Media Officer. We wish him all the best,” Fufa tweeted.
Currently, Afriqana works in the communications department at Fufa. He is also one of the National teams’ media officers.
Afriqana is famously remembered as the man who coordinated the media in 2017 as Uganda Cranes beat Commorros with a Farouk Miya solitary goal at Nambole to end the country’s absence at the Africa Cup of Nations finals for about 40 years.
At ABSU, he joins Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA) Chairman Deo Mutabazi and FUFA Football Development Director, Ali Mwebe as other Ugandans on the body.
The duo were appointed on ABSU interim leadership committee in July 2020.
Mutabazi and Mwebe were appointed first Vice Chairperson and member of technical committee respectively.
Muhmud Hadejia from Nigeria was unanimously named the chairman of the new committee set up, he went ahead to nominate Mutabazi as his first assistant and also a representative of the East African region alongside Jonathan Kassano from Tanzania.
After the appointment, Mutabazi told media that this was a good opportunity for beach soccer in Uganda given the fact that he had received a wider platform to discuss the game.
“I thank God for the opportunity to serve the game at that level. Definitely it is a big chance for us as a country to benefit from and help to develop beach soccer in Uganda and Africa at large.”
“We were very eager to host the AFCON Beach Soccer Finals 2020 and anxiously to welcome Africa to the Pearl of Africa but the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rising water levels where the facilities are located couldn’t allow us,” He added.
It’s hopped that the appointment of Nsereko will beef up the secretariat which in turn can help the newly set up committee to successfully lobby for and facilitate a conscious development of beach soccer across the African continent.