By our Reporter
The local football season gets underway this month with the return of the Pilsner Super 8 Football Tournament that is scheduled to run from 24th July to 24th August 2019 prior to the start of the Uganda Premier League that is scheduled to kick off on 31st August.
The top 6 Premier League clubs and the top 2 Big League clubs from last season will be battling it out for the first trophy of the season in a new competition format that will see each teams play 3 games each and be ranked from first to eighth position at the end of the tournament.
Prize money has also been more than doubled from UGX 30 million last season to UGX 68 million this season awarded according to the teams position at the end of the tournament. The winning team will walk away with UGX 20 million, the Runner Up UGX 12 million, the third place UGX 10 million and the fourth position UGX 8 million. The fifth to eighth ranked teams will get UGX 6 million, UGX 5 million, UGX 4 million and UGX 3 million respectively.
Speaking at the launch of the 2019 edition of the tournament, FUFA Marketing Committee Chairman, Rogers Byamukama thanked Pilsner Lager for their growing involvement in football saying it was a boost for the game.
“Uganda has just returned from a successful Africa Cup of Nations Tournament where the team progressed to the knockout stage for the first team since 1978. This improvement is partly due to support such as this for tournaments such as this. The more tournaments we have the more players improve and the more prize money that we have the more competitive the game is. I thank Pilsner Lager for continuing their sponsorship of the Pilsner Super 8 and look forward to an exciting kick-off to our local football season,” Mr. Byamukama said.season
For Uganda Breweries Head of Beer Estella Muzito, the sponsorship is one of the ways that Pilsner Lager is engaging its consumers by providing them with an exciting experience in line with its own revitalized look and feel.
“Football as we all know is Uganda’s biggest sport and Uganda Breweries is proud to be a part of the growth of local football through this sponsorship. Pilsner Lager already sponsors the Player and Coach Awards in the Uganda Premier League and through this Pilsner Super 8 we are continuing our support of the game,” Muzito said
“The Pilsner Super 8 kicks off the football season and we look forward to an exciting and competitive tournament that will enable clubs test each other as they prepare for local and continental action,” Muzito added.
Draws for the first round of the tournament were conducted as follows;
Wakiso Giants FC vs KCCA FC
Onduparaka FC vs Tooro United FC
Mbarara City FC vs URA FC
Proline FC vs Vipers SC
Dates for each fixture will be released by FUFA in due course.