MTN Uganda and KCCA FC have sealed a 10-year multi-billion partnership for the naming rights of the club’s home ground located at Lugogo.
The milestone brings an end to the current naming rights partnership held by StarTimes Uganda but the deal was mutually terminated according to the club.
The stadium will retain the name of club legend Phillip Omondi who is the best player to don the yellow jersey of the Kasasiro Boys during his six year stay at the club between 1973 and 1979.
The new name of the stadium will be the MTN Omondi Stadium in a move through which KCCA and MTN uphold the legacy of Omondi.
“Phillip Omondi had an illustrious career, so MTN and KCCA felt that his name should be kept alive in the home where he spent much of his career,” Somdev Sen MTN’s Chief Marketing Officer said.
The partnership between MTN and KCCA FC will also see the telecommunication company finance the construction and redevelopment of the stadium though the financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.
The redevelopment project estimated to cost around UGX 55 billion.
“MTN Uganda has a long history of involvement in sports in this country and has been associated with KCCA FC for long.”
“As the leading supporter of sports in the country, we considered it befitting that we further cement our association to this club. This partnership will be executed as part of the club’s bigger plans to upgrade its home,” Somdev added.
KCCA and MTN already have a three-year partnership which is valued at UGX 1.2 billion and KCCA FC Chief Executive Anisha Muhoozi said that the club is honoured to extend their relationship MTN.
“MTN has helped us grow and achieve major milestones as a club. It, therefore, should come as no surprise that we are in this partnership with MTN. We are also glad that they agreed to keep the name of our legend Omondi in the stadium name,” Anisha said.
The construction project will be financed by KCCA, KCCA FC and MTN with the project handled by the engineering department of KCCA plus a yet to be named architectural partner.
Kampala Lord Mayor Al Haj Erias Lukwago who doubles as the club patron stressed that they will do their best as the Authority to ensure the stadium retains its name as one of modern stadiums in the country’s top tier.
We do wish to assure you that we have scrutinized each and everything. This partnership we have entered is going to make the stadium a top facility. There is quite a lot we are going to benefit which may not be observed in financial terms. What we are going to do is going to be in a phased manner.
We hope that by next week we shall have signed a contract to begin the building of the stadium. Please relay this to the fans. Added Lukwago.