Former Manchester United and South Africa footballer Quinton Fortune, 41, has called upon more corporate investment in sports.
Fortune made the appeal during a two day official visit in Uganda.
Throughout his brief stay in the country, Fortune shared his vast footballing knowledge with young football players and coaches during a two day tutorship program with Excel Soccer Academy.
Speaking during the luncheon at which Plascon rewarded winners from a just a concluded radio and online activation with autographed Manchester United jerseys, Fortune stressed on the essence of corporate sponsorship in sports development.
It brings me joy whenever I see corporate companies investing in sports. There is an increase in the diversity of these brands. A while back it was only beverages, banks and sports brands that made investments in sports, but today Kansai Plascon a globally renowned paint company is investing in sports. Everyone is appreciating the benefits of sports investment, and that’s great for aspiring sports men
To the fortunate fans that shared lunch with Fortune, the South African born Manchester United Legend urged them to always back their respective teams at all times irrespective of prevailing circumstances because their commitment plays a significant role in the attraction of corporate investment in sports.
Quinton Fortune, Former South Africa and Manchester United player
No investor would ever inject their funds in a team without a fan-base. That’s why your role in the attraction of sponsorship is very crucial during both the good and trying times. Above all your discipline is key. Hooliganism scares away sponsors
Lungi Koni, the brand manager at Kansai Plascon re-echoed the paint’s company commitment to sports development in Uganda.
Koni cited examples of Plascon Football Club playing in the FUFA big league and Plascon Mongers in the national rugby premier league.
Our partnership with Manchester United and the corresponding activities are a part of our business strategic focus on sports development. It is part of our larger corporate social investment in the future generation of Uganda. Our aim is to ensure that young Ugandan soccer enthusiasts are taught the basic concepts of football and what better way to do so than with the coaches of Manchester United itself.
Sports, among other things instils values of teamwork, respect and ambition in those who partake in it. Excel soccer academy will raise funds for a children’s organisation through the ticket sales that are being mobilized as we prepare for our upcoming soccer clinic. Our hope is to see an improvement in the sporting performance of Uganda
As part of his retirement engagements in sports, Fortune, who won three premier league titles, FA Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Charity Shield with United, is currently a Manchester United ambassador, a role that requires him to inspire youngsters that seek to tread the path he once walked.
The former left back was capped 46 times by his native South Africa, including two FIFA World Cup tournaments in 1998 (France) and 2002 (with a goal in South Korea and Japan.
Fortune left the country on Sunday night.