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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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All set for the first ever Kampala Night Run

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All is set for the first ever Kampala Night Run happening this Saturday June 9. This after Uganda Police Force and Kampala Capital City Authority endorsed the fun run. The two authorities confirmed they are onboard for the Tusker Lite Kampala Night Run and gave their assurances the event will run smoothly.

The Public Relations Officer, Kampala Police, Luke Owesigyire, today reassured the event organisers and those planning to participate in the run of the Police’s resolve to protect their lives and property on Saturday when the event takes center stage in Kololo. He confirmed an elaborate security plan had been put in place with more than 100 police officers to be deployed along the route to ensure runners are safe and secure.

“As Uganda Police, our mandate is to serve and protect. It is therefore our responsibility to ensure that everyone taking part in the Tusker Lite Kampala Night Run is safe. We have a solid traffic management plan in place and we are going to deploy heavily to guarantee security throughout,” Mr. Oweyesigyire told journalists during a press
conference at Torino Bar and Restaurant.

“We are also warning unlawful individuals or groups with intent to cause a breach of security during the run that the consequences will be severe,” Mr. Oweyesigyire added.

The run also obtained a seal of approval from the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), which has already provided lighting along the route to ensure runners’ safety.

“We are proud to be part of this innovation and we ready to work proactively towards its realisation. As KCCA, we can confirm the night run has been approved to go on, and additional lighting was installed to ensure everyone is safe come Saturday,” said Robert Kalumba, the KCCA deputy spokesperson.

The two kilometre run which will start and finish at Torino Bar is to be flagged off at 7pm with runners heading for Upper Kololo, through Impala Avenue, onto Lugogo Bypass and then returning to the set-off point.

“The security and safety of both runners and revelers is very important to us, which is why we are pleased to let everyone know that on top of our private security arrangements, both Uganda Police and KCCA are on board to ensure everyone has lots of fun without worrying about their safety or that of their property,” said Grace Namutebi, Tusker Lite Brand Manager.

The Tusker Lite Kampala Night Run promises to give Ugandans a unique experience by allowing them to break a sweat and also have fun with friends at the same time. To top off the night run, there will be a mega after party with performances from Fik Fameica, Cindy, Beenie Gunter and Allan Toniks. Some of the town’s best disc spinners including DJ Simples, Ciza and DJ Mary Jo will keep revelers partying until late.

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BBS Terefayina new marketing manager starts tenure with juicy World Cup deal.

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Mengo based new TV station BBS Terefayina recently hired a new head of sales and marketing Alice Namatovu. The former UBC presenter has started her new task with the much anticipated world cup campaign. Alice Namatovu has already been able to book a slot for the station to live broadcast the world cup in Russia.

BBS has partnered with KFS to  host world cup in Russia from June 14 to July 15. The partnership was concluded on the 9th of May at Bulange attended by Buganda Kingdom Prime Minister Charles Peter Mayiga.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st edition of the global tournament. It is scheduled to kick-off on June 14, with Russia taking on Saudi Arabi in the opening match at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

This is just one of the many projections from the new head of sales and marketing Alice Namatovu.

 

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Jumia vendors face off in football tournament

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As the World Cup beckons, Uganda’s leading online retailer, Jumia has also joined the festivities with the Jumia Cup, a football tournament for Jumia vendors.

Dubbed “The battle of the brands”, the football event saw teams from Simba Telecom, Adidas, Jumia, Kwese, Syinix, Blue Flame and Euroflex face off in a series of friendly matches on Saturday.

While speaking at the event, Jumia Country Manager, Ham Namakajjo said, “We have already been celebrating the World Cup with great deals on our website and wanted to transfer some of that energy offline, which is why we invited some of our vendor partners to participate in the Jumia cup.”

Simba Telecom Retail Supervisor Francis Balya said, “It is important for organisations to interact outside of the business environment and even more so with customers.”

A total of 8 teams participated in the mini 5-Aside tournament, which culminated with the Adidas team being crowned champions of the 1st edition of the Jumia Cup after beating Euro flex 4-2 in an exhilarating final.

In addition to the Jumia Cup, Jumia  has been offering customers free pay TV subscriptions on Kwese and StarTimes to watch the World Cup in the World Cup sale running until 10th June 2018. This has been complimented by discounts on various items like televisions from top brands like Samsung, LG and Sony.

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