In amajor boost towards the development of football in Uganda, paint company Kansai Plascon has unveiled a UGX 132 million two year sponsorship package with Federation of Uganda football Associations to join Stanbic bank as sponsors of the famous Uganda Cup.
The deal was confirmed during a press briefing held at the company’s head offices on 2nd Street, Industrial Area on Friday.
Uganda Cup is annually competed for by league and non- league sides attracting over 175 league teams from across the country who participate in the Uganda Premier League , Fufa Big League , Regional and District teams.
However, in this year’s edition ,teams from Regional and District leagues will not take part due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2021 edition will start from the round of 32 and teams from top-flight and Big league are the only ones to take part in the competition.
In his speech, the Managing Director of Kansai Plascon Uganda Mr Santosh Gumte said;
“This is yet another opportunity to show our commitment towards supporting sports in Uganda. We recently signed a deal with Vipers SC and also have a team in the Rugby League.
“We are proud to come on board as the official paint partner of a tournament that has been in existence since 1970s,” he added.
The function was among others graced by FUFA 3rd Vice president Nakiwala Florence Kiyingi, Deputy CEO of FUFA Humphrey Mandu and Hajjat Aisha Nalule the Competition Director at the federation.
Ms Nakiwala confirmed that after welcoming Plascon on board, the 2021 edition’s prize money will be raised from UGX132M to 166M. And thus, winners will be awarded with a cash prize of 50M, an increase from the 30M that has been in place.
Below is the breakdown;
Winner – 50M
Runners Up – 20M
Semifinalists – 12M each
Quarterfinalistals –6M each
Round of 16 – 3M each
Round of 32 – 1.5M each
Last year’s edition was prematurely stopped at the round of 16 due to the out break of Covid-19 .
Fufa Big League side Proline FC had won the title in 2019 after beating Bright Stars 5-4 on penalties.