It was all jubilation, dining and wining as MTN, the sponsors of Uganda’s most successful Rugby team the MTN Heathens hosted players and Rugby officials to a sumptuous dinner at Guvnor, a Kampala exclusive club.
With 3 out of 4 trophies counting the Nile Special Super Cup, Makerere 10 a-side tournament, Ecobank 7A-side tournament and fielding majority of the National team for the recent Elgon East African Cup, it was a well- deserved pat on the back dinner.
Speaking at the dinner, Mr. Ernst Fonternel MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer expressed MTN’s pride and commitment to continue investing and working for the growth and development of sports in the country.
“MTN has been watching with pride the steady growth and popularity of Rugby in Uganda. Twelve years ago when MTN stepped in to fully sponsor the Heathens; the game was almost invisible in the sporting scene. We have consistently continued to honour our annual commitment of Ushs 52 million to the team.
Fonternel further congratulated the team for their success in all the matches saying that their effort has exhibited good representation of the MTN brand.
MTN Heathens coach Brian Tebaruka thanked MTN for the continued support rendered to the club since its inception.
“This Club provides an intriguing history of a club with direct links to the foundation of rugby football with a moving record of dedication and commitment from members who played from the earlier re-vamps of the game in the 1980s and 90s. It affirms our view of the important role sport has to play in society and captures the spirit of what it means to be a committed club member. We are therefore proud to be associated with the MTN and we owe our successes in the category to the brand”, he said.
The Heathens team was formed in 1999, and was one of the foundation members of rugby in Uganda, along with Kobs, Impis, Nile, Pirates and Rhinos when the Uganda Rugby Union joined the IRB in 1997.The coach said Heathens has an impressive collection of trophies and accolades over the years with 6 leagues titles, 7 Uganda Cups, 8 sevens championships and 5 Makerere tens trophies and won the only Super Cup played recently.
Source: MTN Uganda