The Federation of Uganda basketball Associations (FUBA) and host club City Oilers Monday unveiled their partner sponsors for the upcoming FIBA Africa Zone 5 Club Championships.
Having been granted the rights to host the regional clubs’ flagship tournament, the 4-time NBL defending champions, who are also defending champions of the same tournament, have enlisted their mother company Mandela Group, Banking giants Stanbic Bank Uganda, Linglong Tyres and Emirates oil giant ENOC as sponsors for this year’s edition in Kampala.
Speaking about the partners, Daniel Ogong, the Stanbic Bank’s Head of Marketing said, “We are proud to be associated with such likeminded corporate companies who have a great belief in the development of sports and its power to transform lives.”
He added: “Ugandan teams especially the Oilers have performed very well in this tournament in the past and I am confident this run will continue. I encourage Ugandan basketball fans to come out and support the Oilers as they defend their title against what is certain to be very stiff opposition.”
The tournament, which takes place from the 1st – 7th October at the Lugogo Indoor Arena, will bring together 19 teams from eight (8) member countries namely Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Somalia and Tanzania.
The hosts City Oilers will be staging a defense of the men’s title which they won in Dar-es-Salaam last year while Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) will defend the ladies crown.
Uganda last hosted the tournament in 2013 which was won by Rwanda’s Espoir and Kenya’s Eagle Wings in the men and women’s categories respectively.
The winners of both categories qualify for the Champions Cup of Africa (ACC) and the Oilers’ target, the men’s edition will be hosted in Casablanca, Morocco in December.