With the Rugby Africa Gold Cup campaign coming to an end last weekend, attention for rugby fans will quickly turn to the national sevens season that kicks off this Saturday at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds.
And, 200 million, for a start is not bad. Uganda Breweries under their flagship brand, Guinness, will sponsor the six-week event as well as the national sevens team that is preparing for the Africa Cup.
The sponsorship package was revealed to the press Wednesday morning at Kyadondo with Estella Muzito, the Marketing Manager in charge of beers at UBL, adding that this will set pace for more partnerships between the union and the company.
The 200M will be for a period of three years and, of this, 100M will be wired to the union account in cash while the rest will come in kind.
“This is just the start and we are looking forward to more partnerships,” Muzito said after handing over the dummy cheque to union president Andrew Owor, Rugby Sevens team manager Michael Wandera and team captain Eric Kasiita.
Rugby Union has earmarked talent identification as one of the key things to be looked into during the partnership.
Kyadondo Rugby Club will host the first event on the national sevens calendar this weekend with Jinja hosting the next event at Dam Waters.
The Graveyard, Makerere and Gulu will host one circuit each while Legends, home to Pirates and Kobs, will host two events.
All the ten teams of the top flight league will compete in the event with two teams receiving invites to every event.
While both Rugby Union and the sponsor didn’t commit to an amount to be given to the winners, Kyadondo revealed that the men’s winner will take home Shs1.5M.
The women’s competition will attract four teams this season.
Uganda to host Africa Cup
Uganda will host this year’s Africa Sevens Cup in Kampala and Legends Rugby Grounds won the bid to host the event slated for October.
Uganda won the trophy hosted in Nairobi last year and will be hoping to defend it on home soil.