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Airtel Uganda renews Uganda Cranes sponsorship

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Airtel Uganda MD, V.G. Somasekhar addresses guests during the press conference.

Airtel Uganda MD, V.G. Somasekhar addresses guests during a press conference to announce the new Uganda Cranes sponsorship package.

Airtel Uganda has today renewed its ongoing partnership with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) as the official sponsor of Uganda’s national football team, the Uganda Cranes. This will see Airtel contribute a total of 10 billion shillings towards the Uganda Cranes for the next 4 years that is 2.5 billion shillings every year.

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The Airtel – FUFA partnership, that has come to be known as Uganda’s most successful football partnership ever, begun in 2013 under an agreement that the two parties will be working hand in hand to promote Ugandan football for a period of four years by sponsoring not only the main national team, but also the Uganda Cup and the FUFA Big League – tournaments that feed talent into the national team.

Representing the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Charles Bakkabulindi, the State Minister for Sports commended Airtel Uganda for fulfilling the promise to continue supporting Ugandan football.

“The Uganda Cranes team has earned admiration for their skill and the dedication they bring to the game of football. We are grateful to see an international brand like Airtel sharing the passion and love that we have for this team by sponsoring them,” he said.

Speaking on the sidelines of the press conference to announce the sponsorship, Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to continue sponsoring the national team.

“Since we signed the partnership agreement with the Uganda Cranes national team, we have enjoyed a long list of successes both for the team and for the individual players. To us, this is an indication that a strong partner that believes in you is a key component of success,” he commented, adding that this sponsorship signifies an opportunity to support the nation’s best football team and to celebrate Uganda’s rich and competitive culture, as well as love for the beautiful game.

“We remain committed to the development of Ugandan football right from the grassroots community level all the way to the international scene,” he concluded.

Airtel Uganda remains a major contributor to Ugandan football. Aside from sponsoring the Uganda Cranes, the Uganda Cup and the FUFA Big League, the telco also identifies talented players and gives them a platform to join football clubs in and out of Uganda through the Airtel Rising Stars, a youth talent searching and nurturing tournament. Airtel also recently signed on as the main sponsor of the Masaza Cup, a Buganda kingdom football tournament.

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Football fans rewarded in World Cup celebration

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2018 FIFA World Cup sponsor and beverage giant Coca-Cola Uganda recently excited football fans and revelers at Legends Bar, Kampala with prizes and branded items in celebration of the Company’s historic association with the FIFA World Cup.

According to Coca-Cola Brand Manager Ms. Miriam Limo, the Company will continue rewarding consumers at their favorite hangouts as they watch the different World Cup matches.

The Coca-Cola Company has had a long-standing relationship with FIFA since 1976 and has been an official sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™ since 1978. Earlier this year, the two global bodies partnered to do the fourth FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour.

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Nkozi Marathon raises funds to construct accident ward

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On Saturday, hordes of runners took part in the Nkozi Marathon 2018 that kicked off at the Equator in Kayabwe and ended at Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi. The run was graced by Prince David Wassajja, a member of the Buganda Royal family as the Chief Runner and various friends of Nkozi Hospital.

Speaking at the marathon, Prince Wasajja appealed to the public to keep supporting “Bulungi Bwansi” initiatives like these, adding that the public has a role to play in societal development that shouldn’t be ignored. He also noted that government will only support these initiatives after the public shows interest.

The Nkozi Marathon was supported by Movit Products Limited who invested over Ugx 30 million  in  providing running Kits, Sound, media and several other goodies.

According to Kitenda Robert the PR, Media and Advertising Manager Movit Products Limited, Movit has supported this initiative for three years and its growing bigger each year and has assured the public that with their continued support, Movit will keep pushing and supporting this cause.

Prince David Wassajja and other officials check on the progress of construction of the Accident Emergecy ward.

Prince David Wassajja and other officials check on the progress of construction of the Accident Emergecy ward.

Proceeds from the marathon will go towards construction of an emergency accident trauma center at Nkozi Hospital which is estimated to cost Ugx 2.8b with equipment worth Ugx 1.6b. The work of building this trauma center was initiated in 2016 as an initiative from the friends of Nkozi hospital and the Nkozi hospital administration.

Over the years this initiative has been supported by several companies by the Catholic Church, Buganda Kingdom, Rotary Uganda, Parliament of Uganda, Movit Products Limited, Jude Color Solutions among several other entities.

This year, Movit Products Limited made a contribution of UGX 27 Million towards building the emergency and accident unit.

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Masaza Cup 2018 edition officially launched

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Airtel Uganda M.D joins the Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga and other sponsors to launch the Airtel Masaza Cup.

Airtel Uganda M.D V.G. Somasekhar(C) joins the Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga (2R) and other sponsors to launch the 2018 Airtel Masaza Cup.

For the 2nd consecutive year, Airtel Uganda has once again joined the Buganda Kingdom to launch the Masaza Cup tournament at a press conference held at the Buganda Kingdom offices in Bulange, Mengo as the platinum sponsors.

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In attendance were Airtel Uganda officials led by the Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar and Buganda Kingdom officials led by Katikkiro Owek. Charles Peter Mayigga, who represented the Kabaka of Buganda, and the Sports Minister Owek. Henry Sekabembe.

The Masaza Cup is an annual Buganda Kingdom tournament that has been played since 2004 and usually features 19 teams from 19 different Buganda Kingdom regions. Last year, Gomba defeated Ssingo to emerge champion – a well-deserved win after losing to Buddu in the 2016 finals.

“We are proud to once again come together with this prestigious Kingdom to launch this tournament. Our commitment to Ugandan sports is highlighted by our involvement in football at every level right from the grass root with our Airtel Rising Stars tournament to supporting the National team-the Uganda Cranes,” commented Somasekhar.

“Football unites individuals and societies, develops communities and teaches the values of team work to achieve a common goal. There are no better qualities to instill in the youth today and I would like to congratulate the Buganda Kingdom for this initiative,” he added.

The Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayigga thanked Airtel Uganda for their support of Buganda kingdom activities.

“Airtel is no stranger to this Kingdom. We have worked together in the past on a number of projects and I believe we shall continue this relationship in the future. This tournament boosts talent and creates unity and I encourage everyone to participate either as a player or as fan,” he commented.

He also noted that this year, the Kabaka will grace the opening game on Saturday 23rd June in Gomba district and the finals which will be played at Namboole Stadium in August this year.

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