Hoima Municipality Football club was over the weekend crowned champions of the second CNOOC Bunyoro Amasaza Cup held at Sir Tito Winyi stadium in Hoima.
The team,which came second best last year, emerged winners after scoring 3 goals against Kibanda county Football club’s 1 goal in spot kicks.
The first 90 minutes had ended in a zero all draw. The highly charged match, graced by His Highness the Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, Solomon Iguru Gafabusa, also had state Minister for Bunyoro Affairs Hon. Ernest Kiiza in attendance.
The champion team was awarded gold medals and a bull by the King of Bunyoro Kitara, together with Zakalia Lubega, CNOOC Uganda’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, also sponsors of the tournament for the second year running. The first runners up Kibanda County were awarded silver medals and a bull while, in third position Bugangaizi County Football club were awarded bronze medals and a goat.
The Omukama of Bunyoro, presiding over the tournament finals expressed appreciation for CNOOC Uganda’s partnership since they set foot in Bunyoro. He encouraged the youth to unite and work together for the development of their communities and Bunyoro in its entirety.
“We have got a good neighbor and partner in CNOOC, Uganda. They sponsored the inaugural CNOOC Bunyoro Amasaza Cup last year, as they have this year. As the people of Bunyoro we should take this partnership forward but also use this opportunity to unite and move forward through development.”
The tournament, in its second year, was played across all sub counties in Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom and attracted 74 teams.
Zakalia Lubega, the CNOOC Uganda Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, congratulated the winners and encouraged them to look ahead in talent development, to take on the national stage.
“We believe that the energy and talent exhibited in this tournament will inspire even more young people to develop and grow their talent further not just in Bunyoro but also take on national and international sports stages. As your partners, we pledge to walk with you on this journey to grow talent,” he said.
The state minister for Bunyoro affairs, Ernest Kiiza urged those in attendance to prioritize sports development among their children and announced government plans to facilitate schools get fully functional sports grounds.
“Sports not only brings us together,it also promotes better health. We encourage parents therefore to encourage their children to take up sports. The Government of Uganda is also planning to allow for sports grounds at all government-aided schools. We encourage private education institutions to do the same.”
CNOOC Uganda is a subsidiary of CNOOC Limited China’s largest producer of offshore crude oil and natural gas and one of the world’s largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies. On Feb 21, 2012, CNOOC Limited completed the acquisition of significant interests in oil blocks in the Albertine graben making it one of the major players in Uganda’s oil and gas sector.
At the launch of the CNOOC Bunyoro Amasaza Cup in October, CNOOC Uganda Limited handed over a Sh67 million sponsorship package which included 70 footballs for the 74 participating teams, uniforms and jerseys for 13 county teams; transport, accommodation, allowances to officials, first aid kits, and glucose for the players. Support also included the trophy, gold, silver and bronze medals as well as two bulls, and a goat for the winning teams. CNOOC Uganda also provided whistles for the referees who oversaw the football matches.
This sponsorship underscored CNOOC Uganda Limited’s willingness to advance the glory of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom through sports in line with the theme of the tournament.