Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE
  • UPL 2017/18 Match Day 1
  • Tuesday, 12th September 2017:
  • Bright Stars Vs Vipers – Champions Stadium, Mwererwe
[/media-credit] L-R: Grace Kwizera, Yo Tabuchi, Ronald Mutebi and Mathias Mugwanya during the launch of the partnership at Mwererwe on Monday Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

When Keisuke Honda visited Uganda on 23rd June 2017 during his maiden tour of the African continent, key of his objectives among others was to partner with a football club in the top flight division.

Three months down the road, the dream has come to pass.

Honda through his sports company Honda Estilo through the sister branch Soltilo Uganda Limited have announced a long term partnership with Bright Stars Football Club.

The partnership was made public during a well-attended press conference at the Champions stadium in Mwererwe, Matugga.

During the press conference, Soltilo was represented by two directors Grace Kwizera, a Ugandan and a Japanese national Yo Tabuchi.

Bright Stars F.C was represented by the CEO Mathias Mugwanya and Chairperson Ronald Mutebi.

Tabuchi elucidated on the kind of partnership;

When Honda was here, he promised to partner with a top flight club. We zeroed on Bright Stars because we were contented on the level of organization and professionalism at the club.

We shall assist in the management of the club through facilitation towards equipment, players and officials allowances plus salaries and providing a platform for the players to get exposed beyond Uganda and Africa.

[/media-credit] Yo Tabuchi director of Soltilo Uganda Limited with Bright Stars chairman Ronald Mutebi at Mwererwe Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

In his address, Bright Stars chairman Ronald Mutebi lauded the Japanese football star and the company for picking Bright Stars of all football clubs in the country.

He thus vowed to put the opportunity to the best use.

We are glad to associate with Soltilo Uganda Familia Soccer School. There are strategies of taking the club brand to a highest level.

There is also an opportunity of exporting our players in more lucrative markets.

We want to make means of making the club self sustaining at the time being.

One of the players Methiodious Jjungu sighed with delight of the company’s marriage with Bright Stars Football Club.

“Our life is even much better before even the league kicks off. You can even judge by just looking at us. This is good motivation and we shall work hard to play better,” Jjunju who was signed from Vipers Underage side stated.

[/media-credit] L-R Players Farouk Banga, Methiooud Jjungu, Innocent Asiimwe and John Kokas Opejo at the press conference Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Club coaches Fred Kajoba (head) and his assistant Paul Kiwanuka echoed the same voice, applauding the  new partnership.

“Our focus is a top 6 finish. We shall work within our means to deliver the results. I am very happy to hear that a Japanese company Soltilo Uganda through the superstar Honda Keisuke are supporting us fully. There is now every reason to thank this kind of motivation,” Kajoba stated.

Honda is now playing at Mexican club Pachuca after switching from Italian Serie A side AC Milan.

[/media-credit] Coaches Paul Kiwanuk and Fred Kajoba address the media at Mwererwe on Monday Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Bright Stars ushered in a number of players to include Benson Wegima, Jimmy  Kitimbo, Hakim Ssekitto, Hamza Muwonge, Nelson Senkatuka, Henry Kiwanuka, Enock Walusimbi and Farouk Kawooya, among others ahead of the windown closure on 21st September 2017.

Bright Stars host Vipers at the Champions Stadium, Mwererwe.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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