AFCON 2027: Construction works to begin on Lira City’s Akii Bua Stadium

The construction of Akii Bua Stadium in Lira is poised to commence following pivotal developments by Samsco, the Egyptian construction company contracted for the project, marking a crucial step towards fulfilling Uganda’s commitment to hosting the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), as mandated by President Museveni.

The commencement of construction was initiated after Samsco formally reached out to Lira’s City Commissioner, seeking vital assistance to kick-start operations promptly.

The move underscores the project’s strategic importance in the national agenda, with legislators on the Budget Committee emphasizing its priority during discussions on the Budget Framework Paper earlier this year.

The stadium has garnered substantial government backing, with an initial funding package of 100 billion UGX allocated to jumpstart construction activities.

To ensure meticulous planning and execution, two surveyors dispatched by Samco Company Ltd have already arrived in Lira City.

Their primary objective is to conduct thorough land surveys, assessing the terrain’s suitability for the forthcoming construction phases. This preliminary assessment is expected to span over a week, laying the groundwork for what promises to be a state-of-the-art facility.

Upon completion, the Akii Bua Memorial Stadium is set to boast a FIFA-standard seating capacity of 20,000 spectators, complemented by a dynamic business centre. The integration of commercial spaces aims to maximize the stadium’s utility beyond football matches, promoting financial sustainability and community engagement.

Designed to meet international standards, the facility will feature modern amenities tailored to enhance the spectator experience and accommodate diverse sporting events.

With an ambitious timeline of 24 months for completion, the Akii Bua Stadium represents a transformative initiative poised to elevate Lira’s prominence on the regional sports landscape.

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