KAMPALA, The finalists in the Aziz Damani National Volleyball League playoff finals will have added impetus to put their bodies on the line in pursuit of the ‘Holy Grail’ when action tips off tomorrow at the MTN Arena Lugogo.
Barely a month after they injected Shs50m into the playoffs, the Aziz Damani family have overwhelmingly been impressed by the quality exhibited by the teams, good crowds that turn up on the match days and organisational skills of Uganda Volleyball Federation (UVF).
And to show their gratitude, the Aziz Damani family have thrown caution to the wind to become the first sponsors to add cash prizes to the league’s top teams and best individual performers with a total package worth Shs10m.
“On top of our earlier contribution we have added Shs10m to the finals,” said Azaan Damani, son to Aziz, at the finalists’ breakfast and press briefing held at D’Mellos Restaurant located at the Indian Association of Uganda premises in Kampala yesterday.
“Part of this is prize money to all teams in the finals. I know every team will come out to give us the best and this package is to motivate them to emerge champions.”
Samra Damani, who flanked Azaan, added; “We are happy to associate with volleyball and we look forward to a longer partnership. Winning a trophy is one thing. But when a trophy comes along with another prize is even better. The teams must come out fighting to take both prizes now.”
Patricia Ahumuza, the second vice president of UVF, run short of words to use when thanking the sponsors for their ‘continued kind gesture’ whereas Aziz Damani Sport Club CEO Siva Koti urged UVF to continue with the good works.
“Once we start sponsoring something, we don’t stop,” said Koti. “We have started small but hopeful the sponsorship will grow into something substantial. If you continue giving us the right mileage then we will support you for many years to come.”
Apart from Aziz Damani , the playoffs’ other co-sponsors include Aziz Damani, Duke Water, Gittoes Pharma, Dottprint, Centaur, ABC Tiles, KLR Universal, Balaji Group (EA) Ltd, KamCare Pharmacy and SR Group.