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>> In the Ugandan town of Jinja, Shafik Bwamiki dreams of sporting glory. He's the goal keeper in this youth team being trained in a sport that's not common on the African continent, Lacrosse.>> I like lacrosse and I like to play goalkeeper so in the future I want to be a world champion.
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>> His teacher is Andrew Mamaori, who represented Uganda at the Lacrosse World Championships in 2014 and 2018. Uganda is the first African country to field a team at the event. But Mamaori believes lacrosse's survival here is dependent on engaging new, young players.>> So after playing for a while in Kampala, I came back to the community that raised me.
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So what I didn't get as a child is what I wanted to give back to the community.>> Originally a Native American game, lacrosse has grown in popularity across the world. It was introduced in Uganda in 2012, which now has men and women's national and under 19 teams.
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Funds for various costs including paying players and buying equipment are raised by the California based Uganda Lacrosse Foundation for the Uganda Lacrosse Association. Both formed to help the country's niche community of players.>> If the kids take it up professionally, they could easily get a payment for it.
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And since Uganda is at the forefront, the rest of Africa is just waiting for us to expand.>> Uganda's national team, The Cranes hope to play in the Olympics one day. And they may have time to score such an achievement. The international federation of Lacrosse, the sports worldwide governing body says 2028 is the year Lacrosse will return to the summer games.
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