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Ngabi Nsamba are champions of this year’s Airtel Bika football tourney


A lone early goal by  Vianney Ssekajugo was enough for Ngabi Nsamba to beat Mpindi clan in the finals to lift this year’s Airtel-Bika football tournament.The Airtel-Bika tournament is a grassroots sports initiative aimed at bringing Buganda clans together for cultural and socio-economic purposes and has been a symbol of fostering a spirit of unity and community in the kingdom and the country as a whole.In the finals played at the Muteesa II Memorial Stadium in Wankulukuku on Saturday, Ngabi Nsamba ensured they won the title for the fifth time, after previously lifting it in 1951, 1987, 2007 and 2013.The win was however, their first in 11 years.Speaking during after the finals,  Ali Balunywa, the Sales and Distribution Director at Airtel Uganda, expressed his delight and congratulated all the teams and players for showcasing great talent and resilience throughout the tournament.“It is exciting to see such talent on display at this tournament. I congratulate the 2024 championsNgabi Nsamba Clan. The dedication, hard work, and resilience showcased by the Bika teams havebeen truly humbling. Through the Airtel Bika tournament, we are glad to witness the growth ofsports like football and netball, which have a huge following among Ugandans. This, in turn,creates a valuable pool of talent for our national teams to scout for representatives at both nationaland international levels,”Balunywa noted.“Airtel Uganda takes pride in such activities that not only promote togetherness amongpeople but also serve as a source of entertainment within communities. These platforms also givethe youth a reason to imagine, by providing opportunities to showcase their talents, which canlater make them successful sports figures in the country.”While crowning the winners , Buganda Katikkiro, Charles Peter Mayiga congratulated them for the hard work.He also expressed his appreciation to all the other participating clans for their support in boosting the kingdom’s activities, which have nurtured great talent.“The Airtel-Bika tournament not only provides a platform for young people to showcase theirtalents but is a celebration of the different clans and the heritage of the Buganda Kingdom. Itserves as a unifying factor in the kingdom and surrounding areas, and I am happy to see thetournament garner such strong support and a loyal following within the kingdom,” Mayiga said.“The tournament also plays a key role in social and economic development. People come together to rally behind their teams, both on and off the pitch, and engage in the various entrepreneurial opportunities it presents. I thank Airtel Uganda for being a valued partner and for their continued support, which is instrumental in helping us organize these important events.”

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