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AFCON tournament coming to Uganda as country set to launch bid

The Government of Uganda looks like it is set to launch a bid to host the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in the year 2027.

This was revealed by Dr Bernad Ogwel the National Council of Sports General secretary. While appearing on NBS Sport, Ogwel said that President Museveni asked them informally to look into the possibility of launching a bid. And this shows that the country is making positive strides in the game.

However, the country looks like far away from realizing this dream due to the fact that they might not be able to meet the required standards.

Uganda’s biggest worry which is the top priority for CAF is stadiums. The country has just one stadium which belongs to a private club, Vipers SC, St Mary’s stadium in Kitende. This also doesn’t meet the required standards of FIFA and CAF although it was okayed to host international games for both club and country level.

The two biggest stadiums that would stand out all fall short of the set standards. These are Namboole and Nakivubo stadiums.

Nakivubo was given to local proprietor Ham Kiggundu to redevelop it but has taken many years minus giving a conclusive feasible report.

For Namboole, the facilities are in a dire state and seems like a forgotten household. It is basically in a sorry state. However there are still 5 years in case this bid is to be considered by CAF.

Uganda would then embark on a process of getting the required standards to be given hosting rights. Alternatively, the country could look into the possibility of joint hosting with one of the neighboring countries since these countries have better up to date facilities that meet the required standards.

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