The replica of the KCCA FC shirt with the "Visit Kampala" Logo. Credit: KCCA FC Media

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has approved Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Football Club’s request to use the ‘Visit Kampala’ logo on the front of the shirts that will be used in the 2018 group stages of the CAF Champions league.

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The development followed a request by KCCA FC to have the logo in place of the plain shirt used last year in the CAF Confederation Cup group stages since the club are not permitted to use their main shirts that bear Star Times  who are considered business rivals of CAF’s commercial partners.

CAF General Secretary, Amr Fahmy, who was two weeks ago in Uganda as he attended beach soccer and futsal committee meeting held at Protea Hotel in Entebbe wrote back in the affirmative to the request, as quoted by the club website;

Reference to the request sent by your club KCCA concerning the publicity of “Visit Kampala” on the front of the players’ jerseys, kindly be informed that the club is authorized to put the above-mentioned publicity during the matches of the TOTAL CAF Champions League 2018 on the front of the players’ jerseys

[/media-credit] FUFA CEO Edgar Watson (right) greets the CAF General Secretary, Amr Fahmy on his visit in Uganda two weeks ago Credit: FUFA Media

For starters, the CAF Champions league and Confederation cup group stage media and marketing rights are owned by Lagardere Sports.

Therefore, the company enjoys the full rights that any conflicting interests from other sponsors would be infringed.

It is upon this background that management at KCCA FC reasoned otherwise to advertise Kampala as a city in a way of boosting tourism with the ‘Visit Kampala’ ideology on the front of the shirts.

“Visit Kampala” is the official travel guide to Kampala and a product of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) which is the sole owner and guarantor of KCCA FC.

KCCA Group stage matches:

Like earlier confirmed, KCCA FC will kick off the campaign in away from home to Botswana’s reigning champions, Township Rollers.

This was after a draw that pitted KCCA in group A was held on Wednesday, 21 March 2018 in Cairo, Egypt.

Mike Mutebi’s charges will travel to Gaborone to face Botswana record league winners, Township Rollers at the national stadium on Friday, 4th May 2018.

After a fort night, KCCA will host Egyptian giants Al Ahly in Kampala on Tuesday, 15th May 2018. The group matches will then take a month and two weeks off before resuming in July.

[/media-credit] KCCA players celebrate victory against St George during the first round. The shirts with Star Times on the front will not be used in the group stages Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Tunisians, Esperance, will play hosts to KCCA on Tuesday, 17th July 2018 in Tunis before KCCA will host the back to back fixture in 10 day’s epoch at Lugogo on 27th July 2018.

KCCA will then host Township Rollers on Friday, 17th August 2018 in Kampala and travel away to Egypt for the final group game on 28th August against Al Ahly in Cairo.

Prize money:

The winner of the CAF Champions League bags $2.25M (Shs 8.1 Billion). The runners up takes $1.25M (Shs. 4.5 Billion).

Each of the  losing semi-finalists takes home $875,000 (Shs. 3.1 Billion) and quarter finalists pocket $675,000 (Shs 2.4 Billion).

The third and fourth in the groups each takes $550,000 (Shs. 1.9 Billion).

KCCA Group A Matches:

• Friday, 4th May 2018: Township Rollers Vs KCCA
• Tuesday, 15th May 2018: KCCA Vs Al Ahly
• Tuesday, 17th July 2018: Esperance Vs KCCA
• Friday, 27th July 2018: KCCA Vs Esperance
• Friday, 17th August 2018: KCCA Vs Township Rollers
• Tuesday, 28th August 2018: Al Ahly Vs KCCA


Group A:

Al Ahly (Egypt), Township Rollers (Botswana), KCCA (Uganda), Esperance (Tunisia)

Group B:

TP Mazembe (DR Congo), Mouloudia Club D’Alger (Algeria), Difaa Hassani El Jadidi (Morocco), E.S Setifienne (Algeria)

Group C:

As Togo Port De Lome (Algeria), Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa), Wydad Atletic Club (Morocco), Horoya A.C (Guinea)

Group D:

Zesco United (Zambia), Primeiro De Agosto (Angola), Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia), Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland)

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

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