Uganda’s leading telecommunications giants Airtel Uganda Limited has officially partnered with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) to support the Juniors league (U-18 years).
This positive move was stamped and officially unveiled on Tuesday, 19th June 2018 at the climax of the third edition of the FUFA Juniors league.
Airtel Uganda announced a $ 15,000 (at least Shs 56, 260, 000M) sponsorship for the Juniors league for the next season.
Airtel Brand and Strategy manager Noela Byuma handed over the dummy cheque to FUFA third vice president Darius Mugoye, who was accompanied by Executive committee member Chrispus Kalibala.
“We are glad to be partners for the FUFA Juniors league for the next season. This is the commitment that we have for the development of Uganda’s football,” Byuma noted.
It should be noted that Airtel Uganda is also the main sponsor of the Uganda Cranes, a key partner for the FUFA Big league (second tier division), Airtel Rising Stars (U17 national youth programme) as well as the Airtel Buganda Masaza cup.
The Shs 56M will help carter for teams in the league for next season as a supplement to FUFA’s budget. The Juniors league has been played for now three seasons with Vipers winning the inaugural edition as well as the recently concluded season.
Soana Juniors Team won the 2016/17 season after overcoming KCCA soccer academy 5-4 on penalties when normal time had ended goalless.
Only players under 18 years are eligible for this youth and grassroots league. For starters, all the 16 UPL are mandated to present a Juniors team in the national U-18 League as a regulation to attain a licence.
Players as Hamis Tibita (Bul), Allan Okello (Kcca), Muhammed Shaban (Vipers Junior), Julius Poloto (Kcca), Steven Sserwadda (Kcca) have played this league.