Jinja town’s newly elected mayor, Majid Batambuze, has promised to turn around JMC Hippos fortunes by giving the club all needed support.
Batambuze made the vows while appearing at the club’s stakeholders’ meeting held at Kakindu Stadium’s Main Hall on Friday.
The mayor stated that the council will financially back the club ahead of the forthcoming season but without mentioning any figures.
“Under my leadership, stories of Jinja Municipal Hippos lacking funds will remain a thing of the past,” stressed Batambuze.
“Jinja has always been a feeder to Uganda Cranes and other big clubs in the country. Just name any of them and you’ll find our boys there,” he added.
One of the club officials revealed to the mayor that at one time the team had been renting uniforms to use in games!
It is such a big shame that such things happened. As we talk now, we have released some sets of jerseys to be used next season. The fans will also purchase our uniforms so we can easily be identified.
Batambuze delivered three full sets of jerseys donated to the club by English championship side, Fulham Football Club. He said the club gave him the package when he paid them a courtesy visit at Craven cottage in London.
I was given these kits to be used by the club (JMC). We discussed with Fulham FC officials about a possible partnership and they agreed to my idea. They will be sending some officials here later this year to assess the situation and advice on how they can support us.
Jinja Municipal council will play their second season in the UPL this season. They start campaign against fellow city authority KCCA FC.