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HIMA Cement announces sponsorship for Kickboxer Patricia Apolot

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Lafarge Hima Cement has announced a UGX. 20 million sponsorship for the World Kickboxing Champion Patricia “Black Pearl” Apolot, a young very talent Ugandan female who has won various titles over the years. This is the second sponsorship that Hima Cement is extending to Ms Apolot, having been her main sponsor since 2016.

Ms Apolot, who is the reigning World Kickboxing Federation International title holder, will be taking on Chiedza Homokoma in Harare Zimbabwe on August 31, a fight that she has described as the fight of her life as it welcomes her into a new season. She will also fight Sandra Zivkovic from Bosnia to defend her titles in the Elohim Give Inter-continental kick boxing title defence at Secret Heart Hotel, Kumi on September 14, 2018.

The money will go towards her training and preparation for the fights, her travel and living costs as well as her training and competition equipment.
Patricia is up against another tough fighter in Harare Zimbabwe but promises to knock out the Namibian born player in the 8 round duel.

“I am a determined fighter and I have been training well for the past couple of weeks since my last international fight in April which I also won. The two weeks period between my boxing fight and the kick boxing contest should not be an issue. I am set,” Ms Apolot said.

In the domestic fight in Kumi, Patricia will face off with Sandra while Uganda’s Ronald Odoch will face Bosnian opponent Marko Dmitrovic for five rounds. The fight is organized by the Black Pearl events.
Hima Cement, a primarily cement manufacturing company, wants to support budding sports talent in Uganda from the big sports like football, basketball, rugby, athletics to golf, tennis, swimming, boxing and kickboxing.

“Hima Cement has chosen to invest in the young and budding sports talent because we don’t want to celebrate with you only when you are champions, we want to be with you from the start. After all, we are the cement that is part of you from the start,” said Mr Charles Mugasa Hima Cement’s Marketing Manager
Many Hima Cement sponsored legends and sporting clubs like Hima Cement Cement Heathens, Vipers SC have gone on to represent Uganda and return victorious.

In 2016, HIMA Cement made a bold decision to sponsor Patricia and her team of three Kickboxers for the World Kickboxing Championships which took place in Hungary. Patricia and her colleague Mubiru were champions in their categories.

“This only reinvigorates our energy and commitment to support the young stars who are destined for greatness,” said Mr Magasa said.

He said that Hima Cement is confident in Ms Apolot as a young talented and determined kickboxer.

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Kickboxer Patricia Apolot set for rematch with Kenya’s Joyce Awino

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Uganda’s top-ranked female kickboxer Patricia Apolot has vowed to crush Kenyan fighter Joyce Awino in their rematch slated for this weekend at Smiles Corner Hotel in Kireka, Kampala.

Known to many by her stage name “Black Pearl”, Apolot will return to the ring against Awino in the African title fight dubbed “The Reveletion Night of 1000 Punches” on Saturday, August 31. The fight is in low kick style sanctioned by both Uganda Kickboxing Federation (UKF) and World Kickboxing Federation (WKF).

The two fought in April this year in Tororo and Apolot won by knockout.

“I have trained hard and very ready, so my fans should come expecting the best from me,” Apolot said, adding that “I wish to thank my sponsors, Hima Cement, for their consistent financial and moral support towards my kickboxing career.”

Hima Cement Marketing and Pricing Manager, Charles Mugasi said that the sponsorship is intended to enable her perform to her best and inspire other young girls in Uganda to join the kickboxing sport.

Apolot who has been involved in 21 professional fights winning 12 by knockout has changed the kickboxing landscape in Uganda with her unique techniques and unmatched determination to grow the at different levels more especially young girls.

She has won several tittles from home, continental, and intercontinental fights which makes her the holder of the largest number of belts and gold medals in the sport in Uganda and Africa at large.

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Bamasaaba Sports Tournament gets Ugx 50 Million boost

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Pilsner Lager, a beer produced by Uganda Breweries, has announced a UGX50 million sponsorship package towards the upcoming Bamasaaba Sports Tournament 2019. The tournament will start on August 15 th and run up to October.

Organised by the Bamasaaba Sisimukha Club (BASC), the games bring together various teams from Masaaba communities in both Uganda and Kenya with the aim of honouring culture, promoting unity and the development of the Bamasaaba people through sports and games.

This year’s sponsorship package was announced at a press briefing held at Uganda Breweries’ head offices in Luzira.

While announcing the sponsorship, Edgar Kihumuro, the Pilsner Lager Brand Manager, said, “We live in an era when it is crucial for us to hold our cultural and traditional values close to heart. Pilsner Lager, as a brand, understands and cares about the pride associated with a deep African heritage and this commitment has seen us invest in the development of local sports potential, for example, with the ongoing Pilsner Super 8 Tournament. By sponsoring the Bamasaaba Sports tournament, not only are we advancing a passion for sports but also for the traditions that bring people together.”

The tournament has, in the past, attracted various teams drawn from over 20 clans from the districts covering Mbale, Bududa, Sironko, Manafwa and Bulambuli in Uganda and the Bamasaaba Kenya Chapter which covers Trans Nzoia and Bungoma.

“The Bamasaaba Sports Tournament continues to be a wonderful opportunity for our people to come together in celebration of our culture and tradition. In addition, our youth are encouraged to stay in touch with their rich heritage through sports, which inspire, entertain and give them an opportunity to showcase their talent,” said Israel Koboi, Chairperson of the Bamasaaba Sisimukha Club.

The sports tournament places an emphasis on football and netball that will be played in a series of group knockout stages.

“This year, we plan to include new activities like bicycle riding, a marathon, bull riding and shortput and we are glad for the support of partners like Pilsner Lager for being part of this journey,” Koboi added.

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Kawempe S.S dominates Airtel Rising Stars Kampala Regional Tournament

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Last weekend, Airtel Uganda hosted the best youth football teams from Kampala district at Sendi grounds in Wankulukuku for the Airtel Rising Stars Kampala Regional tournament – the first regional tournament of the 2019 competitions.

The 3-day tournament, which had 16 boys’ and 8 girls’ teams, saw Kawempe Muslim SS dominate on both fronts with their boys team defeating 2018 winner Kampala Junior Team (KJT) 5-4 in penalty shoot-outs following a goal-less draw after 90 minutes.

The Kawempe Muslim SS girls’ team also defeated Uganda Martyrs 2 -1 in an exciting and nerve-wracking match watched by Honorable Nabilah Nagayi, the Kampala Woman MP, FUFA leadership led by 2nd Vice President Darius Mugoya and Airtel Uganda Brand and Strategy Manager Ms. Noela Byuma.

Following their victory, both Kawempe Muslim boys and girls teams walked away with a trophy, gold medals each and 1.5 million shillings each. Runners up KJT (boys) and Uganda Martyrs (girls) also took hom a trophy, silver medals for the players and 1 million shillings. Uganda Martyrs’ Kevin
Nakachwa was named girls MVP while Jeremiah Jabel from St. Mary’s took home the boys MVP accolade.

Commenting about this tournament, Airtel’s Noela Byuma congratulated the winners and encouraged all the other teams to continue training for their comeback in the 2020 tournament.

“The talent that we have seen over the past three days has been a clear indicator for the need to continue investing in grassroots talent development. These youth are skilled, passionate and determined and these are the values that Airtel Rising Stars aims to develop as they go on to pursue professional careers in football,” she noted.

Since 2011, the Airtel Rising Stars grassroots football tournament has given talented boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 17 an opportunity to compete against fellow youth from across the country with hopes of being scouted to join the local league, football clubs all over the world and the Uganda national team. Today, the Uganda national men and women football teams both consist of a number of players who took part in this tournament.

Kampala Region has named thirty boys (30) and 30 girls who will prepare for the Airtel Rising Stars National finals due in early September.

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