13 Jun 2015

Football in Prisons

From This Way Up, 12:15 pm on 13 June 2015
Luzira Upper Prison, Uganda.

Luzira Upper Prison, Uganda. Photo: Supplied.

David Goldblatt.

David Goldblatt. Photo: Supplied.

Luzira Upper Prison near Kampala is a maximum facility for Uganda's worst criminals.

The prison has an intricate prison football league where inmates play for the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Juventus, and soccer is being credited with transforming life there.

David Goldblatt, the author of The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football and Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil through Soccer, recently visited Luzira Prison and he told This Way Up's Simon Morton about his experiences.