StarTimes Uganda Premier League side Maroons FC have received a huge financial boost for the ongoing 2018/19 league season.
The side revealed Sh130M sponsorship package for a year, from Virgin gold sunflower oil, a brand of Ngetta Tropical Holdings.
The sponsorship is a timely boost for the club that has been struggling mainly on the pitch. Their only league victory in ten attempts came against Onduparaka in Luzira.
Club Vice Chairman Julius Aluka noted that the partnership is the first of its kind: “We are very grateful for this, its the first time we are getting a fully fledged sponsor in the club’s history.
“They have recognised us as one of their ways to prosper their business and we are also proud to be part of this partnership.”
It should be noted that Maroons FC last season received Sh35M from Stanbic bank as one of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities.
In an event held at Serena Hotel in Kampala on Monday afternoon, Ngetta’s Executive officer Paul Omara briefly noted: “This is a very important relationship for us in our bid to develop football and sports in general in Uganda, We come at Maroons because its one of the oldest clubs in the country and they play beautiful club. They have a big following in the country.”
Maroons is one of the oldest clubs in the country, having been formed 53 years ago in 1965.
This is one of the football clubs in the country that are funded by a government institution. KCCA FC, URA FC and Police are the others.
Johnson Byabashaija, commissioner general of Prisons, remarked: “Thank you (Ngetta holdings) for this generous offer, I assure you that this is a wise decision, this is a club of pedigree. You will get more than what you expected.”
Byabashaija added that the financial package will boost the club to perform better.
Maroons are 13th on the 16 team table, just a place above the red zone with seven points from ten games.
The event was also attended by many club officials, players, Coach George Best Nsimbe and Assistant coach David Obua among others.