BY George Busiinge
CNOOC Uganda Limited, for the seventh year running, is sponsoring the now famed CNOON Bunyoro Amasaza Cup, a tournament that promotes football in the oil rich kingdom. This year, CNOOC has allocated Shs130m to facilitate the tournament.
The 2018 tournament was Friday launched by His majesty King of Bunyoro Solomon Gafabusa Iguru in his palace. The launch would later be shifted to Sir Ttito Winyi for the opening match between Hoima Municipality (1) and Kigorobya County (0). The competitive tournaments attracts teams from the counties of Kagadi, Kikuube, Kiryandongo, Buliisa, Hoima, Masindi and Kibaale.
CNOOC said their continued investment in the Amasaza Cup is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility and underlines its willingness to the development of vocational skills, education and talent through sports. The football tournament aims at advancing the glory and culture of the Bunyoro Kitara kingdom through sports.
Zhao Shunquiang, president CNOOC Uganda said sponsoring Bunyoro Amasaza Cup for the seventh year is a demonstration of CNOOC Uganda’s dedication to the growth of sports and development of talent in Bunyoro. He added that CNOOC has dedicated its efforts and resources to the development of Bunyoro through an active CSR programme that supports Environment protection initiatives, education, Health, Sports and Talent development.
Speaking at the kick off, the public relations supervisor of CNOOC Aminah Bukenya said it important for CNOOC to give back to residents in the area as assign of appreciation for their support to our company and employees. Bukenya noted that the company has supported the education and health sectors both in Hoima and the rest of the country.
The King of Bunyoro, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, expressed his gratitude towards the oil company’s continued commitment to his kingdom and invited his subjects to support CNOOC in its developments of the area.
The King noted that CNOOC is a very good neighbor to the people of Bunyoro Kitara and ‘supports the growing of our people through all major aspects such as education, health skills and talent development’.