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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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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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The EK Firebirds set for Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens

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The EK Firebirds team

The EK Firebirds team

After six months of training, drills, and preparation, the EK Firebirds, an all-women’s rugby club comprised of Emirates Cabin Crew coming from 14 different nationalities, is ready to compete at the 2018 edition of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens invitational women’s tournament.

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The EK Firebirds team members come from rugby loving nations including the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as other diverse nations like Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Namibia, the Philippines and Nigeria – reflecting the multi-cultural Cabin Crew team at the airline and the global make up of Dubai. The team members have found time to practice and train during their busy travel rosters, and organise themselves to ensure that as many of them train together as possible, using the Sevens stadium, Zaabeel Park and other venues in Dubai as their training grounds.

The club started in 2012 with four Emirates Cabin Crew members taking a keen interest in playing rugby. Since then the team has grown to over 15 members, and it continues to actively recruit within the Emirates Cabin Crew community. The EK Firebirds developed from touch rugby to a fully practicing contact rugby 7’s club, and the club has participated in several tournaments. This is the first time that many of the EK Firebirds players will taking to the pitch for a rugby 7’s match at the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens.  The invitational tournament is held in conjunction with the World Rugby Men’s and Women’s Sevens World Series tournaments.

Last year the club became a member of the UAE Rugby Federation and since then they have played at the Women’s Gulf Rugby Tournament. During the tournament, the team’s first squad qualified to the finals at the Women’s Gulf Rugby Cup and the second team made it to the quarter finals. The young women continue to focus on improving their skills, knowledge of the game and conditioning their capabilities even further, and most importantly supporting each other as they pursue their passion for the game of rugby. In fact, Emirates’ diverse 23,000 strong Cabin Crew community includes hundreds of vocational backgrounds and talents spanning music, sports, medicine, law, engineering, teaching, amongst others.

The 2018 Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens kicks off tomorrow at The Sevens Stadium. Now in its 49th year, it is set to be the largest event on record with over 930 rugby and netball matches across three days and enhanced entertainment for everyone. During the Dubai Sevens, Emirates will be bringing the Rugby World Cup and will be displaying it at its hospitality for guests and fans.

Along with activating its world-class hospitality and branding across the tournament, Emirates Cabin Crew will be handing out the airline’s signature children’s products and taking keepsake photos of younger fans with Emirates ‘Fly with Me’ mascots.

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The Smack League to provide support to children with cancer

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The Smack League(TSL) has announced a partnership with the Bless a Child Foundation( BCF), a non-governmental organization that provides care support services to children suffering from cancer and related infections. The partnership comes in fulfillment of its Corporate Social Responsibility.

TSL, spearheaded by the Devils (99-04), the League’s defending Champs identified with Brian Walusimbi, the founder of BCF and his work and started informal relations with them, assisting where they could and eventually culminating in this partnership. This partnership shall see BCF join TSL match days and support the Devils (99-04) who shall carry the BCF as their shirt sponsors in the League. BCF shall also play a few friendlies along season 3 with select TSL sides and the kids shall join the match day atmosphere to participate in football, jumping castle and other games, hosted by TSL.

TSL shall also as part of the partnership throw the children a Christmas party in the mid-season break where TSL shall hold a fundraising drive to source supplies for the home both domestic and food stuffs. On the agreed date members from TSL shall carry the items to the Kampala home and spend a day with the children at the home, this time hosted by BCF, share a meal and party, play kids games and have a front seat to see BCF’s work with many of the kids.

The partnership is initially for season 3 but there are plans to extend it to further seasons.

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