February 14—Stanbic Bank are the new sponsors of Uganda’s oldest knock-out football tournament—the Uganda Cup, which has been renamed The Stanbic Uganda Cup in a UGX300 million ($84,000) deal with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA). This is the 44th edition for a competition that first started in 1971.
Daniel Ogong, Head of Marketing and Communications at the bank said, “The Stanbic Uganda Cup is without a doubt Uganda’s most famous and impactful knockout football competition. It allows teams from the remotest parts of the country to compete against well-established big name teams on the same stage. This promotes football development across the country and allows for the unearthing and spotting of talent that would otherwise go unnoticed.”
The 2017/18 Stanbic Uganda Cup began in October last year with preliminary rounds across the 8 football regions of Kampala, Buganda, Eastern, North Eastern, Northern, West Nile, Kitara and Western. The Stanbic Uganda Cup is annually competed for by league and non-league sides attracting well over 175 teams from across the country who participate in the Uganda Premier League, FUFA Big League, Regional Leagues and District Leagues.
Some 137 teams participated in these preliminary rounds with 22 progressing to the Round of 64 joining the 16 Uganda Premier League teams and 22 Big League teams.
Ogong said, “As Stanbic Bank, we firmly believe successful sports development can only take place if our abundant natural talent is nurtured at the grassroots level right across the country.”
FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo said, “We are proud to have found a partner with such a long and proud sporting heritage. The Uganda Cup is steeped in history having been played since 1971 and as FUFA we are excited to have found a sponsor who appreciates the history and scale of the competition.”
“Over the last 10 years, football in Uganda has undergone a tremendous transformation and has attracted more and more support from a number of corporate companies, Stanbic Bank being the latest and most timely addition. We do not take your decision to come on board as title sponsors lightly and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership,” Magogo said.
The Round of 64 was played in January. The draw of Round of 32 will be conducted today to determine the fixtures. The Final of the Stanbic Uganda cup 2017/18 will be hosted in Kumi on 9th June 2018.
A total of UGX 90 million shillings has been set aside as prize money for this season’s Stanbic Uganda Cup with the winner receiving 30 million shillings, the Runner Up 20 million shillings, semi-finalists 10 million shillings each while the quarter finalists will each receive 5 million shillings.
Coffee SC won the first Uganda Cup winner after beating Simba FC (Army team) 2-1 in the finals. Since then 24 different teams have won the Uganda Cup with the record winners being Express FC who have won the cup 10 times. Current holders KCCA FC have won the Stanbic Uganda Cup nine times just like their rivals SC Villa.