By Staff Writer.
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.
UTB partners with FUFA to promote sports tourism
By Our Reporter
Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has entered into a Ugx200m sponsorship agreement and partnership with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) as the official tourism partner.
The two institutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding; which will see both parties work hand in hand to promote brand “destination Uganda” at both the domestic and international scene.
The partnership gives UTB rights to brand Destination Uganda at local and international games in which the Uganda Cranes are participating as well as work with the players in destination marketing campaigns.
Speaking at the press conference, UTB CEO, Lilly Ajarova said: “The Uganda Tourism Board is prioritizing the building of positive destination brand equity and brand value through creating high level brand awareness partnerships such as the one witnessed here today with FUFA.”
Football is the world’s greatest sport and viewed by billions of fans across the world. In Uganda, the Uganda Cranes is the greatest football brand- but more importantly the leading sporting ambassadors to the region and the world.
Ajarova noted, “We are most excited about how we can best brand our national team internationally and also use the FUFA DRUM to create awareness of Uganda’s tourist attractions as the games traverse the whole country. We believe this is an incredible opportunity to connect with local communities and football fans across the country and will enable us to reach out to more tourists both locally and internationally.”
FUFA 1st Vice President, Justus Mugisha in his remarks said that, “We are using the power of sports to position Uganda on a global scene. This initiative by FUFA and UTB will showcase how football can be used to promote destination Uganda. We are proud to be in partnership and we hope to continue building our nation through sports and tourism.”
He added, this is a big opportunity for us to not only support football but also enrich Ugandans with the knowledge about their own country.
Uganda ladies crowned champions at the Africa 5s tournament
By Our Reporter
Team Uganda emerged the best at the inaugural edition of the ladies’ Africa Fives Soccer Championships played at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es-Salaam, Tanzania over the weekend.
The team sponsored by Nile Special comprising of players like Vanessa Karungi, Brenda Nabisaalu, Wilmer Nantumbwe, Sarah Namulindwa, Memory Nampijja and Brenda Makanga, defeated the Tanzania Invitational side 1-0 in the final played on Saturday afternoon.
Captain Nampijja scored the winner-takes-it-all strike in the ninth minute of the 12-minute first half.
With a large number of Tanzanian fans cheering, Uganda held on in the second half with goalkeeper Karungi pulling off a couple of saves to guide Uganda to victory.
“We are happy to bring this trophy home,” said winning captain Nampijja after receiving the trophy from tournament ambassador Samuel Eto’o. The team will travel with former Cameroonian forward Eto’o to FC Barcelona’s home -Camp Nou.
Speaking about the women’s side triumph, Nile Special brand manager Francis Nyende was ecstatic and visibly in shock at the result.
“This Uganda’s inaugural participation in this tournament, and we have won the trophy! This is unbelievable. Kudos to the girls who have given it their everything. As a brand heavily involved in sports, we hope this victory will inspire more ladies to play this game,” said Nyende.
The team had beaten pre-tournament favourites South Africa 2-1 via a shootout where Karungi saved two penalties following a goalless draw.
In the quarterfinals, Uganda comfortably beat Ghana 3-0 with Nantumbwe striking twice. Uganda had beaten Zimbabwe 2-1, had a 1-1 draw with Tanzania A before losing to Swaziland 1-0 in Group A on Friday.
In the men’s category, Uganda was unlucky to be ejected after conceding a goal. Represented by Facebook FC franchise, which won the Nile Special 5-A-Side competition finals, Uganda beat Swaziland 5-0, Zimbabwe 1-0 and Tanzania 1-0 to top Group A on Friday but on Saturday, they lost to Group B bottom team Zambia 2-1 via penalties following a 0-0 stalemate.
Excitement as Pepsi hosts champions league finale watch party
By Our Reporter
Football lovers and enthusiasts were treated to a fun evening as Pepsi Uganda hosted the UEFA Champions league finale watch party on Saturday.
Held at The Square in Industrial Area, Liverpool supporters were the most joyous as their team defeated Tottenham Hot Spurs 2-0 to win this season’s UEFA Champions League.
The viewing party featured several fun activities including a quiz in which winners were rewarded different prizes like balls, jerseys and cash.
The event was held to mark the climax of Pepsi Uganda’s “Win like a baller” promotion. The promotion which was launched in early February presented a platform for soccer fans and lovers to win up to Ugx 15 million weekly in a TV draw and instant cash and airtime daily. Over Ugx 400 million was given out during the duration of the campaign.
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