Telecom giant, MTN Uganda have returned as the sponsor of the men’s senior national team, the Uganda Cranes.

Federation of Uganda Football Association and the telecom company announced their new partnership, January 18.

MTN CEO Sylvia Mulinge announced the partnership noting that the package will support the Uganda Cranes, Crested Cranes, FUFA Drum, Super 8, FUFA Junior league and the FUFA annual awards for the next five years.

“MTN Uganda we are giving away UGX. 19 billion towards sponsorship for the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) program”, she said.

“This sponsorship signals our commitment to continue developing football in Uganda and supporting the Cranes ambition of flying our country’s flag high, everywhere they go”.

“This new sponsorship deal also includes support to the Crested Cranes, that is the national women’s team. This was a key focus for us, while negotiating this partnership. It complements the effort of the government and society in general in ensuring equal opportunities for all”, she added.

FUFA president Moses Magogo welcomed the partnership noting that MTN have been enthusiastic supporters of Ugandan football.

“MTN Uganda has enthusiastically supported Uganda’s football over the years. Together with FUFA and other stakeholders, we have registered so many wins and with them, great memories”, he said.

The new deal follows the expiry of the sponsorship FUFA had with Airtel whose renewal was not agreed upon.

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