Nile Special on Friday 22nd, March launched a 5-Aside inter-bar football tournament with the ultimate prize being a European tour with Cameroon’s football legend Samuel E’to. The fans-centric engagement platform is a continent-wide initiative by NBL’s parent company Ab-Inbev.
In Uganda, it commenced with a competitive kick-around amongst the USPA, NBL, Fufa and central region 5-Aside champions at Kati Kati with former Uganda cranes captain Geoffrey Massa.
The competition will trudge the whole nation starting at the township level where two team teams will qualify to the 32-team regional tier. Four teams will then qualify from each regional level to the national finale that will comprise 16 teams; four from each region.
The winning outlet team at the national finale will then compete at the Africa 5-Aside tournament in Tanzania where the overall winning team will earn an all expense paid European tour in the company of E’to; a 2000 and 2002 Africa Cup of Nations winner.
Speaking at the launch, the Nile Special brand manager Francis Nyende stated that, “this is an amateur platform built around friendship and harnessing football as a passion point of many Ugandans. It is more of a social call than a footballing challenge.”
“It is a social football league, meant to provide a platform for friends to come together over a beer and also enjoy a kick-around but with a huge carrot to it; that’s a European tour with one of Africa finest footballers E’to. We purpose to make the run-in to the tournament a special one for every passionate football fan out there,” added Mr. Nyende.
The finale will also feature a ladies 5-Aside competition with the winner also making the trip to Tanzania for the Africa 5-Aside.