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On Wednesday, Confederation of African Football- CAF President Patrice Motsepe announced that the East African joint bid between Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda- famously known as East Africa Pamoja had been awarded hosting rights for the 2027 Afcon tournament.
The President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), Moses Hashim Magogo has asked Ugandans to embrace the East Africa Pamoja AFCON 2027 bid success with optimism rather than skepticism.
On Wednesday, the Confederation of African Football- CAF President
Patrice Motsepe announced that the East African joint bid between Kenya,
Uganda and Tanzania, known as East Africa Pamoja had been awarded
hosting rights for the 2027 AFCON.
The three Eastern African nations clinched the hosting
rights, beating other contenders such as Botswana, Senegal, Nigeria and Benin. Algeria who also bidded later withdrew.
While the heads of state and football federations of
Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda celebrated the victory with enthusiasm and promises
of full commitment, many ordinary Ugandans reacted differently.
On social media, a wave of satire and negative comments
swept across the platforms, with these critics expressing doubts about their
countries' readiness to successfully host the football extravaganza. They
focused on the myriad challenges that continue to plague their nations'
facilities and infrastructure.
In Uganda, memes and satirical content creatively depicted the sorry state of the city's roads, humorously portraying African players, coaches, and referees navigating flash floods that
have become commonplace in the capital.
For the past three days, both Nakivubo and Namboole stadiums have been trending on X formerly Twitter with several critics punching holes in the readiness of the two stadia.
However, Magogo says that Ugandans should be extremely positive
because they lose nothing when one supports the newly approved before adding the
government has assured the Federation that it will provide the necessary requirements
to have AFCON in the land.
//Cue in: let us support …
Cue out: “Africa Cup of Nations.”//
He adds that instead of exhibiting bad energy, Ugandans
should focus on the opportunities that come with hosting AFCON including providing
jobs to all service providers within the period of the AFCON.
//Cue in: “the next thing …
Cue out: … here in Uganda.”//
For a long time, sports facilities have been a worry to
many Ugandan sports followers and perhaps answers to the doubts Ugandans
exhibited. Currently, the three countries are grappling with infrastructure
hurdles within their borders including inadequate stadium.
Recently the Ugandan
FA was forced to host two of its AFCON qualifiers games away from home after
failing to provide a CAF-qualified stadium to host a continental game.
Uganda in particular has had no CAF- approved stadium for
nearly three years since the Mandela Stadium, Namboole was blacklisted in 2020 for being
substandard, and CAF inspectors recommended an overhaul. To date, the country
has not been able to complete the renovation valued at 97 billion shillings.
Of the three East African nations that submitted the
joint bid, Tanzania is the only country with a CAF-approved stadium, casting
doubt on the bid submitted by Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania to compete with
Egypt, which has more than five CAF-approved stadiums.
However, Magogo has consistently stated that CAF
bases its decisions not solely on a country's existing infrastructure but also
on its plans to meet the tournament's requirements before the event and the
commitment of the respective governments involved.
Recently, a delegation from the Confederation of African Football, led by the inspecting agency Price Water House Coopers (PwC), examined the proposed facilities in the East African
countries related to the bid and subsequently reported their findings.
In Uganda, the delegation inspected several facilities, including existing stadiums, hotels, and more. Notable locations included Mandela Stadium, Namboole, Nakivubo Stadium, Kampala Serena
Hotel, St. Mary's Stadium in Kitende, Denver Godwin Stadium in Garuga, and Entebbe International