East African Derby!!!! Uganda Cranes vs Kenya 11th November 2021 at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende

Step aside, Football is back and our very own Uganda Cranes team will be in action playing against Kenya 
in a qualifier match for the 2022 Qatar FIFA World cup.
The game is scheduled for this  Thursday 11th 2021 at 4:00pm, at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
We all know or perhaps have heard that Airtel is  the official sponsor of the Cranes and today we sat down Henry Njoroge, Marketing Director Airtel Uganda to share more details on the same.
Below is his full interview
SB: We are getting closer to the final Qualifiers of the 2022 World Cup which will take place  in Qatar and we know that Airtel is the official sponsor of the Cranes, tell us about this bond 
and its impact on the national team
Njoroge: Thank you. Airtel indeed has sponsored the Uganda Cranes Football team since 2013 and
has been privileged to see the team grow in leaps and bounds from and individual player level to the team level nationally and internationally.
We saw the team qualify for AFCON 2 years back to back after waiting for 39 years, we have  seen some individuals on the team like the former captain and goal keeper get global recognition, to mention but a few.
So to answer your question, our bond has seen us bear fruit with the team, FUFA and fans at  large. This is something we are particularly proud of as a brand.
SB: Alright, so we may not know what it takes to prepare the team for these games and Ugandans are eager to see the 2022 dream came to light in Qatar, enlighten us on this and what is Airtel doing to support the team?
Njoroge: This is true. After qualifying for AFCON twice, naturally you want to hit the next big thing,  which in this case is the World Cup. Airtel as the main sponsor is very keen on supporting the  team to realize this dream.
To support this cause, we have worked and continue to work closely with FUFA, among other stakeholders so that we accord the team the much needed support, both be in cash and in
kind so as to enable them meet their day to day operational expenses
that support and belief in the team from the fans continues to play a big role in morale boosting the players each time they have a match.
SB: Currently Uganda is second in the group with 8 points and a win on Thursday may strengthen our position, as fans what could be your rallying message towards this match?
Njoroge: The boys have so far done well and we always come out to support them and make sure they are ready for these games. Our win against Rwanda was huge because it gave us more hope.
Now more than ever as we play Kenya today and Mali on Sunday, we need to collectively rally  and support the boys from all over the country. Watch the game on Airtel TV via UBC or follow
our social media pages for all game updates.
Airtel also has a special product called the Cranes offer which is open to all Airtel customers each time the Uganda Cranes have a game.
For Just 2000/= fans can enjoy 300MB and 20mins to share highlights, talk about the game, send good wishes to the players and so on. All they need to do is Dial *149*20# to activate the
Cranes offer.
SB: Any last words for the team and fans 
Njoroge: From Airtel, we would like to wish the team good luck in the upcoming game and all the  World Cup qualifiers lined up this year. You have always made us proud. As a national team
sponsor, we commit to continually support the team to play their best and continue flying the Ugandan flag high.
Before we end allow me to also remind our parents and students that Airtel has learn from home bundles which are aimed at supporting your education throughout this pandemic.
These bundles support online classes since a number of schools have incorporated e-learning in their teaching model.
You only need to dial *175#, select Top Packs and select option 8 – Learn from Home.
Our dear customers, thank you for supporting brand Airtel through the years.
Continue to access the most affordable products and services from all our service centers, via our Airtel
Money branches and SIM card Selling outlets across the country.
Let us come out in support of the Uganda Cranes together #PakaQatar.

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