FUBA, Airtel Yet to Agree on League Sponsorship

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The new partnership between the Federation of Uganda Basketball Federation (FUBA) and Airtel Uganda appears to be developing cracks as the new league sponsors take their time to fulfill their promises.

The new partnership between the Federation of Uganda Basketball Federation (FUBA) and Airtel Uganda appears to be developing cracks as the new league sponsors take their time to fulfill their promises.

Patrick Ogwel, Vice President of the basketball body told URN on Friday that they are facing lots of problems with Airtel in terms of money to run the league and the kind of equipment they are supplying for the teams. According to Ogwel, teams are complaining about the jerseys and balls supplied by Airtel, saying the uniforms are very tight while the balls are of low standard.
 
The new sponsors, who were unveiled late last month but declined to announce how much the one year contract was worth, are catering for the top 12 teams in the women’s and men’s categories respectively.

Although Rwenzori Bottling Company and Castle Lite are the other partners, the telecommunication company is the major sponsor of the League.
 
Insiders in FUBA also told URN that the FUBA President Ambrose Tashobya, who has been trying hard to meet Airtel Managing Director, VG Somasekhar, eventually succeeded on Thursday and thereafter called for an emergency Executive meeting with his officials.

When contacted, Joseph Kanyamunyu, the Airtel spokesperson admitted that there has been a delay in sending some materials to FUBA, but noted that the company is getting into basketball for the first time and they are learning on the job.

Kanyamunyu also reasoned that it is FUBA’s work to tell them what kind of jerseys and sizes are required, but was quick to add that they would simply replace the jerseys if they are not good enough as per the standards.

Airtel Uganda came on board as the new sponsors of the League, after FUBA ended their six year partnership with MTN Uganda last month. Although Airtel reportedly injected over 100 million shillings, their sponsorship caters for only the top elite group, while the MTN Uganda sponsorship even catered for the lower Divisions.