KAMPALA, UGANDA: President Museveni has officially launched Uganda’s ambitious bid to host the prestigious African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.
Mr Museveni unveiled the 2027 AFCON hosting bid during a momentous event held at State House, Entebbe on Monday, May 22, 2023, flanked by the First Lady Mama Janet K Museveni; the Minister of Education and Sports and Hon peter Ogwang, the Minister of State for Sports in the Education Ministry.
Speaking at the event, President Museveni welcomed the idea to host AFCON but warned that the youth should not be lost in sports and forget other income-generating activities.
“Sports is very good, and it has now transformed from mere emizanyo to emirimo. This is good, let’s take advantage of it but don’t confuse the youth that it is the only thing,” the President said.
“Sports help you to burn calories and fight to get fat,” he added.
The President further underscored the role of sports as a source of entertainment, highlighting that engaging in sporting activities and being avid spectators offer a healthier alternative to engaging in negative behaviours or excessive socializing at bars.
Mr Museveni further said that for East Africa to come together and host the African Cup of Nations in 2027 is a good idea because it is another dimension to promote and publicize East Africa and also promote tourism.
“People who do not know East Africa, will know and come,” he said.
The First Lady Mama Janet said that sports promote patriotism and nationalism; the love for one’s country and said that the desire to win in sports promotes the spirit of positive thinking.
She said the AFCON bid will enhance the already existing good relations between the East African countries and will promote it.
Hon. Peter Ogwang, the State Minister for Sports, extended his gratitude to President Museveni for his unwavering support and commitment to the development of sports in Uganda.
He lauded the President for sparing his valuable time to officially launch the bid, highlighting the significance of this endeavour in placing Uganda at the forefront of the African football landscape.
With their joint bid to host AFCON, Uganda showcases its readiness and determination to organize a world-class football tournament.
The nation’s rich sporting heritage, passionate football fans, and well-established infrastructure make it an ideal host for such a prestigious event. As Uganda embarks on this exciting journey, it hopes to secure the opportunity to welcome football enthusiasts from across Africa and the world, delivering an unforgettable AFCON experience that celebrates the spirit of sport and fosters regional unity.
By hosting AFCON, Uganda would not only provide a platform for top-class football but also create an avenue for quality entertainment and social engagement.
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