The Uganda team to participate in the 2017 FIM Motocross of African Nations has been flagged off Tuesday morning at the National Council of Sports in Lugogo.
The Championship will be held from August 25 to 27, 2017 in Gaborone, Botswana.
Dusman Oki, the President of the Federation of Motocross Uganda (FMU) thanked all the people who have done their best to see the team reach this level.
“We thank the National Council of Sports for the efforts they have put in, the government gives us but it’s little as you know.”
The President also encouraged the riders to give their best and bring the glory home.
David Katende, the Assistant General Secretary administration said: “My love for Sport and particularly Motocross is very real and passionate. This is Uganda’s biggest contingent ever, but it’s not about numbers, am sure we are taking quality and I think we have the best team on board.”
“I have much trust in you, and I wish you the best,” he added.
The event is set to have top riders from various corners of Africa.
Botswana (host), Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa are other countries expected to participate.
Maxime Van Pee is to lead a team of 20 riders. The Captain will be driving MX 1 class with Bike number 26. Other notable riders include Fortune Ssentamu (MX 85) and the Orland brothers.
The team will leave on Wednesday.
Friday will be documentation before the two-day tournament starts this Saturday.
Full list of Names (Uganda MX Team for 2017 FIM Africa MXOAN)
Maxime Van Pee, Olivier Van Pee, Orobia Malungu, Fatuh Kiggundu, Shafique Sekitto, Joziah Walugembe, Malcom Gift, Esther Mwangala, Alon Orland, Milton Obote Akena, Milton Obote Akaki, Joshua Mwangala, Aviv Orland, Stav Orland, Fortund Ssentamu, Kylan Wekesa, Sam Foreman, Barak Orland, Asaf Natan and Peter Pelser.