Vipers SC vs Soltilo Bright Stars FC at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende
After an off-season break, the StarTimes Uganda Premier League returns with a huge promise to the fans – to be able to watch the games on television via the federation-owned FUFA TV.
Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) and pay TV company StarTimes have Thursday entered into a partnership to broadcast games in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League games, starting with the 2022/23 season that gets underway on Friday, 30th September.
The Federation president Moses Magogo said the partnership a giant step in the development of domestic competitions in Uganda. “When we get such giant leaps, we believe that our dreams and desires will be achieved. Our vision is to be the number one footballing nation in Africa on and off the pitch but you cannot achieve this, without strong competitions and competitions are made with money.
“Football money comes from television and without it you cannot generate enough money for you to ably compete. As a Federation we decided to take a journey of trying to look for the money for football. It has been proven all over the world that football money majorly comes from television. Until you make corporations with television, that is how you can add value to the game.”
The FUFA President also indicated that going forward, FUFA TV will broadcast games across the three professional leagues that include the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, StarTimes FUFA Big League and the FUFA Women Super League.
StarTimes Uganda Vice President, Aldrine Nsubuga expressed delight in the new partnership indicating the future is bright for the game of football with the increased broadcast of domestic competitions.
“I am pleased to announce that StarTimes and FUFA have gone into a partnership to broadcast at least 60 games per season on FUFA TV for six years. This creates an opportunity to have more games on TV. This is just a continuation of the journey that we started four years ago from scratch but we are confident that the future is bright,” he said.
Nsubuga confirmed that starting Friday, 30th September, FUFA TV will go live on StarTimes both on the aerial and satellite platforms. The 2022/23 StarTimes Uganda Premier League starts on Friday with defending Champions Vipers SC hosting Soltilo Bright Stars FC at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
FUFA TV is still available on other platforms but the games will only show on StarTimes.