The Drum is set to sound louder with 75M sponsorship package from UTB.

The FUFA drum action returns this weekend with eight fixtures, four games to be played on Saturday and four on Sunday in different regions of Uganda.

Uganda Tourism board (UTB) has today Friday been unveiled as FUFA Drum official partners in the press conference held at FUFA house in Mengo.

Deputy CEO Uganda Tourism Board John Sempeebwa, FUFA president Moses Magogo and Drum chairperson Rogers Byamukama.

John Ssempeebwa the deputy CEO Uganda Tourism Board believes the FUFA drum will be a good avenue to promote tourism.

So as Uganda Tourism Board, we believe The FUFA DRUM is an avenue for us to promote tourism with several people moving from one region to another. We saw how people from Acholi land moved to Kigezi to support their team, people from Karamoja made the trip to Ankole and this impressed us. We have therefore decided to commit 75 million shillings towards the tournament as a pilot project

In the Wednesday FUFA weekly press conference conducted by FUFA communications manager Ahmed Hussein, FUFA drum chairperson Rogers Byamukama  highlighted  the great work done by the media, referees and the good relationship between FUFA, the organizing committee and provinces cultural leaders.

 I would first of all love to thank the media which we believe has done a lot to cover the drum as we try to celebrate our ancestry, the tournament has grown from paper to one of the biggest football events in the country. It’s very good that the cultural leaders have embraced it and we urge you the media to continue with the great work until the final bend.

FUFA Drum chairperson Rogers Byamukama

Also I would like to thank the referees and the committee which appoints them for the great job so far. National team engagements won’t be stopping the Drum matches and we believe if these provinces are well organized they won’t be begging for any financial support , just like Karamajongs paid their first ever money to watch a football match.” he added

According to FUFA official website, the 75 million shillings will cater for five games in the month of June including the penultimate group matches  due this weekend.
The Selected games that Uganda Tourism Board will cover include;
Kigezi Vs Buganda
Lango Vs Kigezi
Bukedi Vs Rwenzori
Bunyoro Vs Kampala
Ankole Vs West Nile.

On the Saturday menu, much attention will be on the tough Group A top of the table clash at Mbale Municipal stadium when Bugisu at 7 points host log leaders Busoga with 10 points. Bugisu will however miss star players Nicholas Wadada and Milton Karisa with the national team in Niger and most likely to miss top Scorer James Alitho preparing for club Uganda cup return leg against SC Villa.

Teso 3rd placed in group A with 5 points go in for maximum points against Sebei to highlight their chances of making it up from the tough group.

In the other two games on Saturday, Kigezi in 3rd place (4points) host bottom placed Buganda (4points) in group B and log leaders Acholi (10 points) take on Lango at Pece stadium in Gulu.

In the Sunday fixtures, Buganda(12 points)  which has already qualified for the quarter finals, will take on Bukedi and Bunyoro in third place (3points) visit bottom placed Rwenzori (2 points)

In group D, leaders West Nile(8 points) host 4th placed Karamoja (4 points). And another tough contest at Bahinga stadium will see Tooro(4points) in third place welcome second placed Ankole with 6 points

The FUFA drum weekend fixtures

Saturday 2/6/2018

Bugisu vs Busoga  – Mbale Municipal Stadium

Sebei vs Teso – Kiprotic Stadium

Kigezi vs Buganda – Kabale Municipal stadium

Acholi vs Lango – Pece Stadium, Gulu

Sunday 3/6/2018

Rwenzori vs  Bunyoro – Nyakasanga , Kasese

Kamapala vs Bukedi – Star times stadium

Tooro vs Ankole –  Buhinga stadium Fort portal

West Nile vs Karamoja – Greenlight stadium, Arua

The FUFA drum top scorers

James Alitho – 7 goals – Bugisu Province

Ben Ocen – 3 goals – Teso Province

Musa Esenu – 3 goals Teso Province

Dan Serunkuma -3 goals – Kampala Province

Nelson Senkatuka – 3 goals – Kampala Province

Henry Musabe

Henry Musabe is a Ugandan sports journalist, senior reporter at Sports256 as well as a presenter and football commentator.

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