Former EPL Side Donates Jerseys to JMC Hippos, Promise Partnership

Mayor Majid Batambuze handing over jerseys donated by Fulham to the team officials and players' Representatives

English championship league side Fulham FC have donated three full sets of jerseys and goalkeepers kits to Jinja Municipal Hippos, sick JMC Mayor Majid Batambuze reveals.

The newly sworn in mayor handed one set of the jerseys in a stakeholders meeting held on Friday afternoon at the Kakindu stadium hall in Jinja.

“While I was in London, I visited Fulham Football Club. We had a lengthy discussion and introduced to them Jinja Municipal Hippos, ” Mayor Majid said.

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He added that, “their management accepted to support us and they will be descending to Uganda later in the year to assess how they can help us grow. Our main focus is for the club to go professional.”

Mayor Batambuze Displays goalkeepers' gloves

Mayor Batambuze Displays goalkeepers’ gloves

Financial constraints.

The club has been through tough financial times that has led to their two best players and captains Richard Wandyaka and Ambrose Kirya to move in search of greener pastures in the last two consecutive seasons. The larger sum of the funds are resourced by chairman Faisal Muhammad while the municipal council only puts in UgShs 20 Million.

“Your highness mayor, we received the UgShs 20M but our budget per day in training alone is around 310, 000,” club CEO Mr. Wycliffe Kirya Waiswa told the mayor.

Launching the fans' jersey

Launching the fans’ jersey

The mayor personally promised to buy the nets and corner flags and also to mobilize sponsorship from local and international companies located in the lakeside town.

“We are not there yet in terms of funds but its where my vision is. I will personally take this initiative to solicit funds from the companies around. It’s time to return our glory days when Jinja ruled football in the 80’s. By then we had about four teams just like now.”

JMC Hippos entered the top flight last season and comfortably finished tenth in the league. At one time (match day 24) they were standing second after KCCA FC.

About Fulham FC

The club was Founded in 1879, they currently play in a the Skybet Championship, having been relegated from the Premier League in 2013–14 season after 13 consecutive seasons in the top-flight.

They are the oldest-established football team from London to have played in the Premier League.


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