On Friday the 12th July, Uganda Cranes official sponsors Airtel Uganda officially welcomed the National Football team back from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt at a dinner hosted by the Kampala Serena Hotel.
In his remarks, Airtel’s Managing Director V.G Somasekhar noted that he was delighted with the performance exhibited by the players during the AFCON games in Egypt and pledged to continuously support the National team and Ugandan sports in general.
“We are here today to celebrate the bigger achievement we got from the African Cup of Nations. Special thanks to the players, coaches, and everyone who contributed to the team’s success in ensuring that we reached the round of 16, as Airtel Uganda, we are married to football in general and the Uganda Cranes. We promise to put Uganda on top of the football map,” he commented.
Speaking on behalf of the National team, team captain Dennis Onyango Masinde lauded Airtel, FUFA, National council of sports and his teammates for the collective efforts towards the team’s success.
“I thank Airtel Uganda for being the brand behind our success, FUFA, National Council of Sports and the government for the support towards the development of the National team. I thank my teammates for the togetherness from day one even when we were knocked out.
“I’m honoured to be part of the team and we shall continue to move together with Airtel as we strive for bigger wins,” he noted.
FUFA was represented by Rogers Byamukama who thanked Airtel Uganda for its support towards the sport of football.
“Apart from the National team Uganda Cranes, Airtel Uganda injects millions of money in the Masaza Cup competition and Airtel Rising Stars tournament. It is prestigious to work with Airtel Uganda and as FUFA we are aiming to work harder for project 2026 and the next AFCON qualification,” he added.
The dinner was attended by various dignitaries who included Airtel Managing Director V.G Somasekhar who was the host, Airtel’s Head of Marketing and Communications Remmie Kisaakye, Hajji Zubair Galiwango, Rogers Byamukama (Head of Marketing and chairman licensing committee at FUFA), the Uganda Cranes players led by the captain Denis Onyango, Hassan Wasswa, Farouk Miya, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Tadeo Lwanga, Isaac Muleme and Allan Kateregga, coaches Matia Lule, Fred Kajoba, Musician Eddy Kenzo, FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed Hussein Marsha, FUFA Marketing Manager Esther Musoke, the press and individual guests were in attendance.