Uganda’s Faruku Miya scores at the ongoing CHAN tournament in Rwanda which was sponsored by Orange. Total takes over from mobile firm Orange.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has announced that the oil and gas company, Total, will be its headline sponsor of its 10 competitions for the next eight years, starting with the Cup of Nations in January.

The flagship competition is the African Cup of Nations to which Uganda Cranes will be eligible on September 3 – when they face Comoros in their last qualifying match at Namboole

Total takes over from mobile firm Orange.

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Caf did not disclose the value of the sponsorship deal with Total, but it said it expected the partnership to boost African football.

“This partnership is a major milestone in our ongoing search for additional resources to accelerate African football’s development, bring its governance up to date, upgrade its sports infrastructure and advance its performance globally,” Caf head, Issa Hayatou, said on Thursday.

Total Uganda has been operating in Uganda since 1955 and now has over 118 active service stations countrywide.