Uganda, Turkish firm sign MoU to build Hoima Stadium for AFCON 2027

An artistic impression of the proposed Hoima Stadium

The Government of Uganda has sealed a deal with Turkish company M/S SUMMA to construct a state-of-the-art, 20,000-seater multi-purpose stadium in Hoima in a bid to enhance its sports infrastructure ahead of the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The stadium, set to be completed within 18 months, is slated to be a key venue for the prestigious continental football tournament, with Uganda co-hosting alongside Kenya and Tanzania.

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The contract signing ceremony was held on Friday, June 07, at State House Nakasero in Kampala presided over by First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs. Janet Museveni.

In her address, Mrs Museveni emphasized the importance of the project, citing President Museveni’s directive to bolster Uganda’s sports infrastructure.

“Following the wise counsel of the President, we embarked on securing a contractor to undertake works for the construction of the stadium in Hoima City,” she said.

She lauded M/S Summa’s track record in sports facility construction, highlighting their successful projects in Rwanda, Senegal, and other nations worldwide.

“We witnessed the signing of a contract with M/S Summa so that the company can undertake the works for the construction of the Hoima stadium within 18 months,” Mrs Museveni added.

“They come highly recommended as they have transformed the face of sports infrastructure with our friends and neighbours in Rwanda, Senegal, and other countries across the world.”

First Lady Janet Museveni and a team of officials from M/S Summa

According to Mrs. Museveni, a comprehensive benchmarking exercise was conducted to evaluate the company’s suitability, with the resulting report affirming its credentials.

“Indeed, during the procurement process, the technical team led by the Ministry of Works and Transport undertook a benchmarking exercise to assess the suitability of the company. I am glad to inform you that their report to me was.” She concluded.

The selection of M/S SUMMA followed a rigorous procurement process overseen by the Ministry of Works and Transport, supported by the AFCON Sub-Committee on Infrastructure.

The Hoima stadium project is a testament to Uganda’s commitment to hosting a successful AFCON tournament and underscores the government’s efforts to promote sports development in the region.

With construction set to commence promptly, anticipation is high for the unveiling of this modern sports facility, which is poised to leave a lasting legacy in Uganda’s sporting landscape.

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