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AFCON: Uganda's Hopes Of Hosting The AFCON Dealt A Huge Blow

Uganda’s Hopes Of Hosting The AFCON Dealt Huge Blow

Uganda’s hopes of a joint bid to host the AFCON looks to have suffered a shattering end before it even got birthed. This is per the communication from FUFA president Eng Moses Magogo.

Magogo revealed that CAF has given Uganda until February 10th to present a stadium that has been approved by the administrative body. However, according to Magogo, he doesn’t think a miracle can be done to revive Namboole in the stipulated time.

Magogo also said that FUFA has no control over the Nelson Mandela national stadium. The best they can do is to raise alarm just like any other Ugandan for the stadium to be refurbished.

“CAF has given us until the 10th of February to be able to submit a stadium that has been homologated by the administrative body. Between now and the deadline, I don’t think there are miracles that can be done for Namboole to be ready.”

“I am the President of FUFA. We don’t manage, we are just clients at Mandela National Stadium. We can only raise the noise like any other Ugandan. We’ve done it through parliament and that’s how the resources have been availed,” said Moses Magogo.

It should be recalled that news circulated last year about how Uganda was planning to launch a joint bid with Tanzania. This would be to host the 2027 AFCON in East Africa.

Kenya also, later on, joined the two neighbors. But whereas these other countries have more than 2 approved FIFA stadiums, Uganda doesn’t have any.

Namboole which was donated to Uganda in 1997 by China is in a sorry state. It’s only getting renovated by the UPDF and doesn’t qualify.

Nakivubo which is being contracted by Ham Enterprises has taken years and can’t beat the deadline. St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende which belongs to Vipers is also below par for the standard requirement.

This idea had been brought up by President Museveni and supported by his hey boys. Meanwhile, Magogo also praised the Uganda Cranes for the recent CHAN tournament.

He said that statistically, it’s the best performance they have out through so far in the previous editions.

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