Products to benefit
Telecom giant MTN returns to Uganda football with a sh19bn package, sh9bn higher than the airtel one that expired in 2021.
The 5-year partnership to Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) see the money go to seven products that include, the Cranes ,the women Crested Cranes, FUFA Drum, Junior League and the FUFA Awards, the Super league and Super 8 tournament.
MTN CEO Sylvia Mulinge noted this on Wednesday night January 18,2022 after unveiling the package to FUFA at the Cranes viewing party held at Serena Hotel.
The sponsorship came at a much needed time as Ugandans were celebrating the 1-0 win against Senegal to top the CHAN pool B that has DR Congo, and Cote D’Ivoire.
“We excited and thank FUFA for this opportunity to give Ugandans what they love most,” Mulinge said.
She added that they will work closely with FUFA to make sure that Uganda qualifies for the 2026 World Cup in USA, Mexico and Canada.
Mulinge also added that they will take that football magical vibe around the around the country for Ugandans to experience the joy and vibe they had when filling up the stadiums.
Meanwhile FUFA president Moses Magogo was excited about the deal and assured the soccer fraternity that the federation will be accountable and transport in the use of the money to develop football.
“We have 17 products, 10 national teams but MTN has taken only 5-6 products. So, other sponsors should take up the rest and we develop the sport,” Magogo added.
He explained that Uganda football is on the growth, because the current team in CHAN has 12 players from the FUFA junior League and if more resources come and these junior players are nurtured well then Uganda will qualify for world Cup.
In the past MTN pumped in football sh1.4bn in 2010, sh1.3bn to KCCA FC and also Onduparaka in the 2017/2018 season.