Kigali, Rwanda, 20 July 2019: Rwanda Cricket Association (RCA) today announced the renowned global provider of money transfer, foreign exchange and payments solutions, Unimoni, as the title sponsor of the RCA Premier League 2019. This year's edition, which commences on 21st July, will see 24 clubs playing for the championship in the 50-over format of the game. The announcement was made at a press conference, held at Gahanga International Cricket Stadium in Kigali, in the presence of officials from Unimoni and RCA.
This year also marks the sixth year of association between RCA and Unimoni, which was formerly known as UAE Exchange.
The 50-over Premier League will kick-off on 21st July 2019 - 24 clubs will play for the championship in two divisions, with the final match scheduled on 17th November 2019.
Mr. Emmanuel Byiringiro, General Manager - Rwanda Cricket Association (left), Peeush Pillai - Unimoni (Center), Srinath Vardhineni, Treasure - Rwanda Cricket Association (Right)
The Unimoni-RCA Premier League will be played in Rwanda in two divisions. Division I matches will be played at the Gahanga International Stadium while the IPRC Oval Kicukiro Stadium will be home to Division II matches. 14 mens clubs and 10 womens clubs have confirmed their participation in this year's tournament. The curtain raiser of the tournament will be played between Right Guards Cricket Club and Vikings Cricket Club on 21st July, and the final will be played on 17th November at the Gahanga International Cricket Stadium.
Peeush Pillai, Country Head of Unimoni Rwanda, said, "We believe that sports can be a powerful tool for social change. Rwanda has a rich pool of talent in the sports arena and we are proud to be instrumental in nurturing the country's sporting talents, especially the budding cricketers, through our association with RCA. We are happy to partner with RCA again this year and to have closely witnessed the tournament grow from 10 clubs to 24 clubs in the last six years. Today, the Unimoni-RCA Premier League is one of the most celebrated cricket events in the region. We look forward to a great tournament and wish all the clubs and players the very best of luck."
The RCA Premier League was started in 2013 as a tournament for Rwanda's major cricket clubs. The tournament is the ideal platform for aspiring cricketers in Rwanda to showcase their talent and enhance their skills in the sport. This year, White Clouds Cricket Club will be defending the women's title, while Challengers Cricket Club will be defending the men's title.
Commenting on Unimoni's association, Emmanuel Byiringiro, General Manager at RCA, said, "The partnership with a global brand such as Unimoni gives this tournament the impetus it needs. The continuous support from Unimoni has been a major factor in the growing popularity of the Cricket Premier League in the country. We believe that sports tournaments like this are key to identifying and developing local talent in the communities in the country."
Unimoni, a Finablr company, has a rich history of promoting sports, including cricket and football, at different levels across the world. The brand was the title sponsor of Asia Cup 2018, which was held in the UAE, and also the 2018 title sponsor of the National T20 Cup in Uganda.