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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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Uganda defeats Malawi in under-16 tie

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Uganda’s, Derrick Kaija (left), has his eyes glued to the ball, as Standwell Kamanga, from Malawi, attacks.

Uganda’s, Derrick Kaija (left), has his eyes glued to the ball, as Standwell Kamanga, from Malawi, attacks.

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Uganda posted a 2-1 win over Malawi in the boys COPA Coca-Cola Under-16 tie at the Nakuru High School in Nakuru, Kenya on Monday.

Peterson Nyamwara scored first for Malawi but Uganda replied through late goals from Thoma Kakaire and Zuraba Ronnie. Kakaire also captained Uganda and was impressive throughout this match.

“The game was good because my players played well against a solid opponent. We had a setback in the second period when we conceded but I am super happy with the response,” said Uganda coach Simon Peter.

Lemani Estone and Chimwande Katume also stood out for Malawi in midfield and were unlucky to be on the losing side.

Completely against the run of play, Nyamwera skipped past two challenges and slotted in the opening goal before Kakaire responded with a penalty on the hour mark.

“I can say I’m satisfied with how my players played because the idea here is to identify and nurture talents,” added Malawi coach Patrick Rwanda.

Ronnie, a defender, won it for Uganda in the 64th minute with a deflected strike.

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Sports Journalists Choice Awards 2018: Here’s the list of winners

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Sports Journalists Choice Awards 2018

Winners pose with their accolades for a group photo.

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Now in their third edition, the Sports Journalists Choice Awards honoured the best performing sports journalists in the land with an awards ceremony held at Route 256, Lugogo on Tuesday evening.

At the ceremony, NBS and Daily Monitor journalist Darren Kyeyune was crowned Sports Journalist of the Year. Kyeyune also scooped the accolade for Social Media Sports Journalist of the Year.

The awards are organised every year in a bid to celebrate, and recognise the most outstanding sports journalists in print, photography, digital, Television, and radio throughout the country.

The Guinness-sponsored ceremony was graced by sports lovers, journalists, sports administrators and  corporates.

Speaking to guests, Leon Sennyange, the organiser of the awards congratulated all nominees for making the cut and thanked the different sponsors for getting on board. “We are still in our infant stage and are excited to go on this journey with sports journalists and our sponsors,” he said.

Here is the winners’ list;

Young Sports Journalist of the Year – Makhum Muziransa (Daily Monitor)

Sports Social Media Journalist of the Year – Allan Darren Kyeyune (Daily Monitor & NBS TV)

Sports News Report of the Year – Amon Ngabo (UBC)

Breakthrough Journalist of the Year – Rose Nakyeyune (Top TV)

Regional Sports Journalist of the Year – Javier S. Omagor(Step Radio – Mbale)

Sports Website of the year – Kawowo Sports

Sports Photograph of the Year Award – Fred Kiseka (New Vision)

Sport Feature of the year – Abdul N. Semugabi (Daily Monitor)

Female Sports Journalist of the Year – Grace Mbabazi (NBS TV)

Sports Journalist of the Year – Allan Darren Kyeyune (Daily Monitor & NBS TV)

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Bunyoro Amasaza Cup 2018 launched

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CNOOC's Cui Yujun presents a ball to the Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Solomon Gafabusa

CNOOC’s Cui Yujun presents a ball to the Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Solomon Gafabusa

CNOOC Uganda Limited, an oil and gas company, on Friday November 30th 2018 launched the 2018 Bunyoro Amasaza Cup. This marks seven years of the oil company’s support towards the tournament which attracts various counties in Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom.

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The month-long tournament which commenced on Friday will attract Seven districts in the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom including Kiryandongo, Bulliisa, Hoima, Masindi and Kibaale, Hoima and Kikuube.

The opening match was graced by His Royal Majesty the King of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom; Dr. Solomon Gafabusa Iguru in Bullisa district.

“On behalf of the people of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, I would like to thank the management of CNOOC Uganda for their continued contributions to this region. The Amasaza Cup tournament has continued to promote unity among the Banyoro and this has, in turn, further strengthened our kingdom cultures,” commented His Royal Majesty the King of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom; Dr. Solomon Gafabusa Iguru.

On his part, Mr. Cui Yujun, CNOOC Vice President in charge of engineering said, “When we began operations in Bunyoro, we made a conscious commitment to be part of all-round growth in our area of operation. And over the years, we have seen this commitment come to life through various local programs. Sponsoring the Bunyoro Amasaza Cup for the seventh year is a demonstration of CNOOC Uganda’s dedication to the growth of sport in this region.”

Hoima Municipality edged Kigorobya 1- 0 in the opening match that was held at Sir Tito Winyi.

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