U Mumba, the 2015 winners of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), are one of the most consistent teams of the premier kabaddi tournament. The Mumbai-based side has secured the berth for the playoff stage five times till now. However, if we talk about the last edition, it was a kind of an aberration, as the unit finished ninth on the points table, with 10 wins and 12 losses under its belt.
This time around, the kabaddi franchise from Mumbai will look to turn its fortune in the 10th edition by laying its hands on the prized trophy. The unit also did a good job on the auction desk to have a formidable line-up on the mat.
The Mumbai-based team invested a lot of money to bring in talents like Girish Maruti Ernak, Mahender Singh, Guman Singh, Amirmohammad Zafardanesh, Alireza Mirzaeian, Rohit Yadav, Kunal, Visvanath V., and Saurav Parthe. The Mumbai-based unit also bestowed its faith in some seasoned campaigners like Surinder Singh, Jai Bhagwan, Rinku, Heidarali Ekrami, Shivam, Shivansh Thakur, Pranay Vinay Rane, and Rupesh. The whole squad will be looking forward to giving its best on the turf to bring glory to the City of Dreams.
The Mumbai-based team will be facing Patna Pirates in its next clash on Friday, December 15 in Pune.
U Mumba may have had a rocky start to the season but on the commercial pitch, it has been smooth sailing. The unit has added some well-known entities to its sponsorship kitty for the ongoing landmark season. Let’s have a look at the esteemed sponsorship portfolio of the former PKL champions:
Official Title Sponsor:
Melbat: Melbat is an online sports news platform that features original content and sports news from around the globe. The branding of the entity has been placed on the match jerseys as well as on the training kits. Furthermore, the brand logo will also be seen on the team bus as well as the home stadium, DOME by NSCI Stadium in Mumbai.
Official Radio Partner:
92.7 Big FM: One of the biggest radio stations in India, BIG FM, transmits mostly at 92.7 MHz. It is a component of the nationwide broadcast network Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd., which operates 58 stations and reaches more than 1.2 lakh villages and 1.9K towns. Over 34 crore Indians have access to it nationwide. The radio network was first launched in September 2006.
Macho Hint: Macho, one of the leading brands in the men’s innerwear category in the Indian market, launched Macho Hint. The brand offers an exciting new range of innerwear backed by new colours, cuts and designs.
VI-JOHN: VI-JOHN is a well-known Indian men’s face grooming company that was founded in 1960 by the late Sardar Suchet Singh Kochar. The brand produces the highest-quality, globally renowned cosmetics, skincare, and beauty products.
Rajdhani Besan: Rajdhani Besan is one of the products that comes from the house of Rajdhani which produces a wide range of grocery and agro-based products. The company also involves exporting its products to different nations such as East Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US. The entity was founded in 1966.
JE&VEE Infrastructure: JE&VEE Infrastructure is a Mumbai-based real estate and infrastructure development agency. The company has a profound experience of building real estate infrastructures in India’s economic capital, one such testimony of their experience is Oberoi Mall. The entity aims to provide vital services in the form of quality construction of homes with some creativity.
Great White: Great White is an Indian company that is mainly involved in manufacturing electrical items such as electrical switches, wires and cables, MCBs and RCCBs. The entity has its manufacturing points in Haridwar and Valsad.
Abros Shoes: Abros Shoes is an Indian manufacturer of sports shoes that brings out a wide range of sports shoes for men, women, and kids. The company focuses on developing footwear which are full of comfort and style.
Bank of Maharashtra: With its main office located in Pune, the Bank of Maharashtra is a public sector bank in India. As of June 2023, the bank had 2263 branches and 30 million customers nationwide. Of all the nationalised banks in the state of Maharashtra, it has the biggest branch network. The logo of the company is placed on the back side of the jersey.
Nivia Sports: Formerly called Freewill Sports Pvt Ltd, Nivia Sports is a reputable Indian company that makes sports goods. The company was originally founded in 1934 in Sialkot, which is now in Pakistan. Over the years, it has experienced substantial changes, and its headquarters are currently located in Jalandhar, Punjab, India.
Swades Foundation: The Swades Foundation is dedicated to enabling rural India through sustainable and comprehensive growth. To this end, the organisation engages with and empowers village communities, implements various projects locally, and works towards an exit strategy.
Fast&Up: The Indian company, Fast&Up encourages people to live healthy lives and offers athletes and the general public high-quality nutrition.
Baller Athletik: Baller Athletik is the first and only energy-enhancing sportswear brand in India using cutting-edge technology to improve athletic performance, hasten recovery, and foster overall well-being.