Kampala, Uganda-Oil and gas exploration firm China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) is going to help Bunyoro Kingdom nurture the abundant talents through sports, Zakalia Lubega, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at CNOOC said. He was speaking during the finals of the second edition of CNOOC Bunyoro Amasaza Cup that concluded recently.
“For the second year running, CNOOC has partnered with the people of Bunyoro to promote talent through the Amasaza Cup,” Lubega said.
“I believe talent exhibited will inspire other young people not only in Bunyoro but across the entire country to take up international sports participation,” he added.
His Highness Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, Solomon Iguru Gafabusa was the chief guest and thanked players, organizers and sponsors for organizing a successful tournament for his subjects.
For the second year runnung, CNOOC has helped footballers in the region through Bunyoro Amasaza Cup, this year the oil firm injected Ush67m in the football tournament. This included cash prizes, 70 footballs for the 74 participating teams, uniforms and jerseys for 13 county teams.
Hoima Municipality beat Kibanda County 3-1 in the shoot out to emerge victors in the finals played at Sir Tito Winyi playground.
The champions were rewarded with gold medals, a bull while the losing finalists took silver medals, a cow and the second runners up, Bugangaizi County, took bronze medals and a goat.
The State Minister for Bunyoro Affairs, Ernest Kiiza said government plans to facilitate schools by getting them fully functional sports grounds.
He said “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.”