MTN hands over SSP149M cheque to promote basketball

MTN hands over SSP149M cheque to promote basketball

MTN South Sudan gifted the South Sudan Basketball Federation a cheque of SSP149,820,000 as part of their sponsorship agreement.

Speaking during the handover event in Juba, MTN’s CEO, Mr Gordian Kyomukama, said the telecommunications company is dedicated to promoting the growth of basketball both domestically and throughout the continent.

According to him, the SSP 149,820,000 cheque is a component of the 2022 agreement that the two organisations signed for sponsored funds totalling $300,000.

“Today we present the cheque for our commitment to you and will continue to support SSBF’s efforts to expand the reach of basketball activities and games. It is part of our sponsorship deal we signed in 2022,” he announced.

Mr. Kyomukama pledged to assist the SSBF going forward, pointing out that the funding will aid in the team’s preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games in France.

“As we did in the past, we will be streaming live these events on our MTN TV+. We will also set up various fan zones during the Olympic Games for our people to live the moments with you and create memories as you write history.”

“SSBF has made us proud and we celebrate you, fond memories of the qualifiers in Tunisia, and then Egypt and then the World Cup in the Philippines that culminated in the National team qualification for the Summer Olympics, in France in July this year,” the MTN CEO said.

Meanwhile, Luol Deng, the president of the South Sudan Basketball Federation, commended the MTN’s support for the development of basketball in the country. 

“What is important is the MTN’s commitment to support the federation; we achieved a lot for the past four years through their support, and we are thankful for what they are doing for our country,” Deng said.

According to the agreement, the $300,000 will be released over three years in addition to an in-kind donation equal to that amount.

Luol Deng was re-elected last week as the president of the South Sudan Basketball Federation (SSBF) until 2028.

He was joined by Dr Aruo Ramadan Charles, who was elected as Secretary General, while Wal Paul Puk was elected and voted in as Secretary for Finance.

The three elected members will lead the nation’s basketball regulatory body for another four-year stint.