Uganda Pepsi University Football League (UFL) has returned back with the 10th season. The league returns for the first time after a two-year drought due to Covid19 restrictions.
Twenty two (22) Universities are taking part in the league. There is a two teams an increment, from 20 in last edition, for a league that is set to kick-off on Tuesday 5th April 2022. The league which is sponsored by Pepsi will see the 22 teams battle for a place in the East African Championship.
Uganda Christian University (UCU) are the defending champions after 2-1 victory over St. Lawrence University in 2019.
It was last played in March 2020 and ended without leaving the graph level, after schools were closed and sports activities in the country suspended.
According to AUUS President Kabenge Peninah, they have been preparing and they are glad to be back in action.
“We have been working behind the scene to ensure the league returns sooner rather than later and I am glad that preparations are now complete and we are here today to launch our 10th season…,” Kabenge reveled this during the launch of the 10th season.
“We are particularly excited that what started with just 6 universities from around Kampala has since grown tremendously and today as we launch our 10th season of the Pepsi University Football League, 22 universities from across the entire country will be competing…,” He added.
Peninah also thanked the sponsors Pepsi and the rest for funding the game right away from the beginning in 2012.
“Let me also take this opportunity to thank our sponsors Pepsi and Nile Special who were part of us at the start in 2012 and are here with us today 10 years later. Thank you.”
Ssentongo Ernest the Pepsi Brand Manager said the brand is pleased to have been part of the University Football League over the years.
“As Pepsi we are all about football and music. And it is exciting today to be here to not only launch another season of the Pepsi University Football League but to celebrate 10 years of competition. Congratulations UFL, Congratulations AUUS and Congratulations Red Rhino on this milestone…,” Ssentongo said.
On his part, Red Rhino Director Obal Atubo thanked AUUS and Pepsi and Nile Special for their partnership in supporting what has become an important national competition.
“I thank God that we are here today celebrating the 10th season of the Pepsi University Football League. This is something that we cannot take for granted and I give God all the praise and glory for this achievement. I also thank AUUS, all the participating universities, our sponsors Pepsi and Nile Special and others and FUFA for being a part of what has become an important national competition. We look forward to another 10 years of accelerated growth…,” Obal said.
The teams have been divided into 6 groups with 4 groups having 4 teams and 3 groups having 3 teams. The top team from each group as well as the 2 best runners-up will proceed to the knockout stages. The finals are scheduled to be played in November.
Group A: UCU, Victoria, IUEA, Kumi
Group B: MUBs, Nkumba, Kisubi, Muni
Group C : Kyambogo, Bishop Stuart, Kabale
Group D : St Lawrence, YMCA, Makerere, Mbarara
Group E : Uganda Martyrs Nkozi, Ndejje, Kampala, Gulu
Group F: Bugema, Busitema, IUIU