Uganda’s biggest knock out football competition, the ‘Stanbic Uganda Cup’ is back bigger and better with an increase in prize money for participating teams and exciting rewards for football fans.
The prize money has been increased from Shs90 million to Shs120 million with the winning team walking away with Shs40 million, the Runner Up Shs 20 million, the semi- finalists Shs10 million each, the quarter finalists Shs 5 million each and the teams that finish in the Round of 16 will each get Shs 2.5 million.
Speaking at the launch of the new season, Daniel Ogong, Stanbic bank’s Head of Marketing & Communications said that Stanbic Bank iscommitted to supporting and driving growth in the communities in which it operates.
“Sports the world over is not just a recreational activity, it contributes to economic development through job creation, skills development, infrastructuralinvestments and business growth. This is why Stanbic is partnering with FUFA to grow football through the Stanbic Uganda Cup and we look forward to an exciting and competitive season,” Ogong said.
FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo welcomed the development saying it will help grow football in the country.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with Stanbic Bank in growing football across the country. The Stanbic Uganda Cup is the biggest sports competition in the country involving over 175 teams and 3,150 players from the first division to the fifth division as well as non-league teams. The competition has been played since 1971 with the winner representing Uganda in the CAF Confederations Cup. It is a tournament with a very rich history and we thank Stanbic for their sponsorship which is helping to revive football across the country,” Eng. Magogo said.
The 2018/2019 season resumed on December 1, with pre-qualifier games taking place across the country in all the eight football regions. Draws for the Round of 64 were also conducted today.
The Stanbic Uganda Cup has been played since 1971 with the first Uganda Cup winner being Coffee SC who beat Simba FC (Army team) 2-1 in the final. Since then 24different teams have won the Uganda Cup with the record winners being Express FC and current holders KCCA FC who have each won it 10 times.