SC Villa have signed a five-year deal worth $ 750,000 (Shs 2.7 billion) with Global Tire Manufacturing company Linglong Tire to become their principal shirt sponsor from next season.

The China based side will replace Eco Pharmacy who were previously on the Villa shirt in 2021/22.

The deal which will see the sixteen times league champions earn $ 150,000 (Shs 543 million) per season is the biggest shirt deal in the history of Ugandan football.

Cathy Kao Head of International Business, representing Linglong Tire president Wang Weng said:

“It’s my honour to stand here and have this chance for this event. Linglong has had a corporate friendship with Villa for more than 15 years. The two are not joined for business relations only, we are more than friends, we are family.

“Wang and Omar have a good relationship. In the future, we want to work hand in hand, corporate with each other and bring good luck for the two parties. Our President Wang also loves Sports very much.

“We also know SC Villa has a big potential and hope two parties can bring good luck to each other. Both will work together and achieve better success in the future.”

Gerald Ssendaula, Villa Board of Trustees Chairman said:

“I stand here with a heart of gratitude and appreciation, we gathered here not only to celebrate the spirit of sportsmanship but also to acknowledge the support and encouragement we have received from our esteemed sponsors Linglong

“On behalf of entire Villa fraternity, I extend our sincerest thanks to Linglong for their commitment to our club that we will play a vital role in our success and growth for the coming years.

“This will make a huge difference, and whoever will come to give us anything, will find us at least somewhere. They have come at the right time.”

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