Uganda’s most famous knock out football competition, the ‘Stanbic Uganda Cup’ for the 2018/19 season is back bigger and better with an increase in prize money for the participating clubs and exciting rewards for football fans.
This was announced during the launch of the tournament held on Monday, 17th December 2018 at Kampala Serena Hotel. At the same event, the draws for the round of 64 were conducted.
This season, the tournament will mark the 45th edition since its inception in 1971.
The 2018/19 edition was officially launched by the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo flanked by the Senior Marketing Manager of Stanbic Bank, Sonia Karamagi, FUFA Executive committee member ( Chairman Marketing and Communications Committee Rogers Byamukama), FUFA Competitions Director Hajati Aisha Nalule, FUFA Marketing Director Esther Musoke, and FUFA Deputy CEO Humphrey Mandu.
The prize money has been increased from Ug.shs 90M to Ug.shs 120M with the winning club smiling home with Ug.shs 40M, runners up Ug.shs 20M, semi-finalists Ug.shs 10M, quarter-finalists Ug.shs 5M and Ug.shs 2.5M for each of the clubs that finish at the round of 16 stage.
Addressing the media before the official launch and round of 64 draws, the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo re-echoed the essence of such a tournament as the Stanbic Uganda Cup in as far as rhyming with FUFA vision of being the top footballing nation in Africa as well as the mission of developing the game through competitions.
‘Our Vision as FUFA is to become the top footballing nation in Africa on and off the pitch. The mission is to develop the game through competitions as the Stanbic Uganda Cup. At the end of the 90 minutes, we always have a winner. I thank Stanbic Bank for the trust and confidence in us as a federation. The increased financial resource in terms of prize money is a sign of confidence that external stakeholders (as sponsors) have in FUFA. We shall organize a much better competition. Starting at the round of 16, the games will be live on Television. We shall continue to sell passion and entertainment’ said Eng. Moses Magogo.
Representing Stanbic Bank Uganda, Karamagi further hinted on the need to partner with football in a proven competition as the Stanbic Uganda Cup.
‘Uganda is our home. Football is more than a recreation of late. We want to make this a journey to remember. We have increased the prize money from Shs. 90 Million to Shs 120M. I am so excited and cannot wait for the competition to kick off at the round of 64. We look forward to a great season’ noted Karamagi.
Aisha Nalule, FUFA Competitions Director in her brief remarks explained the format of play (knock out for the opening rounds until the semi-finals).
‘Happy that Stanbic Bank has injected in more money for the 45th edition of the Stanbic Uganda Cup tournament.We are happy that more stakeholders are joining the list of football partners in Uganda’ said Rogers Byamukama.
Meanwhile, the draws of the round of 64 were held after the launch of the tournament.
The round of 64 will kick off on 18th December 2018 and will move on until the close of the year. Some teams from Kampala, Western and Buganda regions are yet to be known with their qualifiers at the preliminary stage to be completed on Tuesday 18th December 2018. However, the three regions were still included during the draw of the round for 64.
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MAIN PHOTO: L-R FUFA Chairman Marketing and Communications Committee Rogers Byamukama, Senior Marketing Manager Stanbic Bank Sonia Karamagi, FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo and FUFA Competitions Director Hajati Aisha Nalule holding the Stanbic Uganda Cup at Serena Hotel today during the draw of the round of 64.