The Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (FUBA) and host club City Oilers, have 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 giant 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 Stanbic Banks 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 continued, “Ugandans 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 defence 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.
About City Oilers:
The 4 –time champions of Uganda’s National Basketball League (NBL) will host this year’s tournament on behalf of FUBA. The team was founded in 2011 and got promoted to the 1st division in the same year, before going on to win the division and gain promotion to the NBL at its first attempt. The Oilers won the NBL in their inaugural season in 2013 and have won the league every year since. They have been to the Zone 5 tournament 3 times so far coming 2nd to Burundi’s Urunani in Mombasa 2014, 2nd to Egypt’s Gezira in Kigali 2015 before winning it all in Dar-es-Salaam 2015. The team is owned and sponsored by the Mandela Group of Companies.