Magogo reveals why CAF rejected Nakivubo Stadium, faults govt for snubing FUFA in planning

Kampala, (UG):- Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) President, Eng Hon Moses Magogo has shed light on why the newly redeveloped Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium was rejected by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) inspection and the Mandela National Stadium alias Namboole deemed substandard to host international matches.

Despite efforts to revamp the stadium, the Budiope East Member of Parliament yesterday Tuesday) said the facility fell short of meeting CAF standards, raising concerns about Uganda’s readiness to host international matches.

“It would be proper because there’s a lot of construction on stadiums that’s going on by private sector and government,” Magogo said during a Tuesday plenary before MPs at the August House.

“To be specific about Nakivubo, we were not consulted and CAF has done an inspection and it has a report about the stadium, and as we speak today, we can still not be able to host an international game there until certain things are done in accordance with standards.“ He added.

The Country’s Football Governing chief emphasized the need for collaboration between stakeholders and proper consultation with FUFA in stadium construction endeavours.

In a related development, the renovation of Namboole Stadium which became a focal point in parliamentary briefings has been commendable with Speaker Anitah Among providing updates and addressing concerns on Monday this week.

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Rt Hon Among the issues discussed was the subleasing of stadium land to Pioneer Bus Company, prompting calls for transparency and accountability through a thorough investigation by the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities, and State Enterprises (COSASE).

In the same line, Sports Minister, Hon Peter Ogwang reaffirmed the government’s commitment to addressing CAF concerns and ensuring Uganda’s readiness for upcoming matches.

However, uncertainties loom over Uganda Cranes’ ability to host World Cup Qualifiers matches at Namboole Stadium, despite ongoing renovation efforts.

The stadium’s pivotal role in hosting CHAN 2024 and AFCON 2027 adds urgency to the renovation process. Lt. Col. Eng. Peter Seku Kidemuka provided insights into the progress, highlighting advancements such as new seat installations and capacity adjustments, signalling significant strides in enhancing Namboole Stadium’s infrastructure.

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As Uganda navigates through the complexities of stadium renovations and international standards, collaboration, transparency, and swift action remain imperative to ensure the country’s standing in the global sporting arena.

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