Our dedicated team of experienced professionals are always on the ball, utilizing their unique skills and passion to move the work of our Non-Profit Organization forward. We’re always pushing ourselves to stay ahead of the curve and striving to perfect our programs. Meet some of our incredible leaders below.
Musa Mawanda, born in Uganda. Grew up in Nansana, an out skirt of the Capital City kampala. From large family of 10 children raised by a single mother. I am number 9 in the pecking order, so I had to grow up so quickly to avoid being picked on. Being picked on is not the point. The point is mother was seldom at home because she had to work extended hours all year round to provide for the family. As siblings, we had to rely on each other and take care of one another.
I am a first-generation college graduate as mother never had much to put us all through school. Soccer was my survivor. At a young age, I played it all day for fun. As a teenager, soccer saved me from a lot of trouble in a community where drugs and alcohol are rampant in teenagers. Soccer is where I found friends that helped me get an education and be the person I am today.
Soccer is my passion. Without it, I would be a no body and through it, I know I can make a change in the lives of other kids who may need just a crack at an opportunity to get an education.
“Together, we can use sports as a vehicle to personal and social development in the disadvantaged Ugandan youths”
Born and raised in Uganda, I have 5 siblings. Started playing soccer at the age 5 trying to follow the foot steps of my father. Grew up playing soccer on the streets and anywhere we could find an open space. My parents struggled with paying our education so I was fortunate to get scholarships and people who supported me financially to get my education. Playing soccer gave me an opportunity to have access to an education and also live my dream. I moved to USA on a soccer scholarship and graduated with a business degree. I am pursuing my master degree in sports management and I will graduate in May 2021. As a pro soccer player I have a platform which I can use to help another young player and being part of the foundation gives me the opportunity to give back to my community
Soccer is the number one sport in Uganda and as such, every child and very grows up playing in either formal or informal set up.
As child I always played football informally with children in my local area and at school. After primary school, I joined SC Villa youth set up and this is where my football flourished.
Besides developing footballing skills, playing football helped me develop into a well rounded and responsible member of society with a zeal to succeed no matter the challenge.
More importantly, football came to the rescue in form of bursary/scholarship when my father could not afford paying my higher education. Because of this, I am now a software engineer having graduated with a Masters degree in computer science.
And this is why I am proud to be a part of this organisation. We strongly believe that sports has the capacity to change the course lives of millions of children in Uganda who may otherwise not have the opportunities.
Edison Benda joined Azira Micheal Youth Foundation with the vision and drive to improve upon our Non-Profit Organization, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity.
Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways coworkers describe this invaluable member of our foundation, she brings joy to those she works with and always looking for ways of adding value to the people she serves through the foundation.
Director of Operations
Jimmy has great love for soccer and kids. He played football at high school level and professional level. He is a qualified football coach and he is also a coach instructor with the Federation of Uganda Football Association. He brings his knowledge and experience to share with the youths and the coaches of the foundation. He is a qualified CAF C and B license coach,
MAKOBA DENNIS BIGALA
Dennis brings his experience from playing in Uganda Premier League and the youth National team to help in developing our youth soccer players.
Steven is such a major piece to this foundation and its programs. He brings his managerial skills to organize and run the tournament which has been successful for the past 2 years. He coordinates with all the coaches and the players throughout the tournament. He also helps with coaching and development of players.
Eric holds a C license which is very vital to nurturing of youth players. He has done a great job at coaching the selected players from our youth tournament. Besides being a coach, Eric is also a school teacher which also helps in enforcing education among our youth players that we work with.