A1 Challenge's Ruth Kirungi tris to drive past UCU Lady Canons' Racheal Muwanguzi during the season opening game. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

National Ladies’ basketball league side A1 Challenge have secured a short-term sponsorship deal worth UGX 90 million with Uganda Clays Limited.

The partnership, running until the end of the season in December, was unveiled to the media Tuesday morning just outside the Lugogo Indoor Stadium.

The two parties revealed that what looks like short term relationship is only but a start to many more years.

The 90M, according to A1 team manager Carol Kisakye, comes in handy as the team looks to better their performance in the top flight division.

The sponsors will help the team in securing a training facility as well as ensuring the team has the necessary logistics to get through the long basketball season.

With the funds availed, A1 intend to beef up their playing staff and improving contracts of the players.

“There are players who didn’t have contracts and we shall also improve those of the players who already had,” Kisakye revealed.

The sponsor’s managing director George Inholo revealed that chances are high his side will stretch the relationship depending on what happens in the first season.

A1 Challenge, who last featured in the league finals in 2010, lost 3-0 to UCU Lady Canons in the semi finals last year to extend their absence from the finals.

Before the emergence of JKL Dolphins, A1 Challenge was the team expected to challenge UCU and KCCA Leopards for the league championship.

They lost Maureen Amoding and Sylvia Nakazibwe and have since started on a rebuilding process.

Ruth Kirungi, Charlene Kirungi and Rachael Aineamasiko are some of the new signings made to the side this season.

The team has so far played three games this season, winning only one and losing the other two.

They are ninth on the ten-team log having played fewer games than table leaders KCCA Leopards.

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