Yoshino Trading becomes Bright Stars FC new sponsor for 2018/19 season

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Bright Stars F C has on Monday, 13 August 2018 announced Yoshino Trading Limited as the club new sponsor for the 2018-2019 season.

The One year-long deal is worth $ 40,000 (cash) with an official team bus that will be supplied by Yoshino Trading for the new season.

The ceremony to unveil the new sponsor took place at the Champions Stadium in Mwererwe-the home of Bright Stars FC.

Bright Stars fc Chairman Ronald Mutebi, President of Yoshino Trading Nakanishi Shunsuke, Director/General Manager Yamaguchi Taiki and the Japan Ambassador to Uganda H.E Kazuaki Kemeda witnessed the momentous occasion as the two parties signed the binding documentations.

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Soltilo General Manager Yo Tabuchi, Uganda Premier League head of Marketing and Communications Gordon Roy Mundeyi, players and club officials were also in Mwererwe for the occasion.

‘We are greatly pleased by this partnership. Since 2011, we have been the importing and dealers of vehicles from Japan in Uganda. We have offered $ 40,000 in a one year deal with a team bus which becomes a team’s permanent asset. Yoshino Trading is excited to partner with Bright Stars FC and Soltilo’ Nakanishi noted.

The players who witnessed the ceremony today in Mwererwe when Bright Stars FC and Yoshino signed a one year deal to sponsor the club.
The players who witnessed the ceremony today in Mwererwe when Bright Stars FC and Yoshino signed a one year deal to sponsor the club.

H.E Ambassador Kazuaki Kemeda in his brief remarks thanked Yoshino Trading for sponsoring Soltilo and Bright Stars F.C who have made a big contribution to the development of football in the Uganda.

The Ambassador noted that this partnership will further help bridge the gap between Japan and Uganda.

Yoshino Trading is celebrating the 60th Anniversary this year of strong business around the globe.
Yoshino Trading is celebrating the 60th Anniversary this year of strong business around the globe. They were presented with a jersey marked with number 60.

‘This partnership is an important one and will help in bridging the gap between Uganda and Japan. Since Japan will host the Olympic Games in 2020, this exchange will play a big role in the development of other sports disciplines. There is hope that this sponsorship will help Bright Stars FC in advancing their squad and work hard to win the championship’ Ambassador Kameda noted.

Bright Stars FC players with a young Japanese fan in Mwererwe on Monday.
Bright Stars FC players with a young Japanese fan in Mwererwe on Monday.

Bright Stars FC Chairman Mutebi was equally elated by the sponsorship.

Dubbed the ‘Living Legend Chairman’ at the club, Mutebi said that this sponsorship will provide a better footing for the club financially, as well as in terms of brand and image building.

‘We are happy about the sponsorship from Yoshino Trading. We commit ourselves to give the sponsor the due mileage as we also call upon the football people to promote such companies which impact for the better club football and develop the national team” Mutebi remarked.

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Ambassador of Japan to Uganda H.E Kazuaki Kemeda (Red tie) with Bright Stars FC Chairman Ronald Mutebi, President of Yoshino Trading Nakanishi Shunsuke, Director/General Manager Yamaguchi Taiki and the Japan Ambassador to Uganda H.E Kazuaki Kemeda with players and coaches in a group.

Speaking on behalf of the players, John Kokas Opejo thanked the new sponsors on board and promised to deliver to the best of their expectations;

“We thank Yoshino Trading, our new sponsors. We promise not to disappoint  you because we shall double our efforts to see you back after this season. We know the value of putting on a Bright Stars FC shirt. We shall prove our worth on the pitch’ Opejo stated

Head coach Fred Kajoba talking to the media
Head coach Fred Kajoba talking to the media

Bright Stars FC has had sponsors in the past that have seen the club grow from the lower ranks to the top flight. SMS Media, Kings Sports Bet, Lato Milk and Ferro Mobile have funded the club with dignity and pride.Bright Stars FC is one of the few clubs in the country to have gone through all the football ranks in Uganda (Kawempe District Football Association Division II League, Kawempe District Football Association Division One League, Kampala Region Football Association League, FUFA Big League and now in the Uganda Premier League).