For almost two years, Mandela National stadium has not hosted any international Hajji Jamir Ssewanyana, the Managing Director of Mandela National Stadium, says that they are yet to get the money. “We haven’t received funds. They were allocated but we are still waiting,” Ssewanyana said briefly.
The proposed renovation of
Mandela National Stadium, Namboole has stalled due to the delayed release of funds by
the government, management
Mandela National stadium has not hosted any international
competition for almost two years since
it was banned by the world soccer governing body-FIFA. Currently, the pavilion stands are
filled with dust.
In May last 2020, the Confederation of African
Football (CAF) and Federation of International Football Association (FIFA)
disqualified Mandela National Stadium from hosting the 2022 world cup
qualifiers as well as Afcon qualifiers and any other continental and
international engagement, saying
the facility is substandard.
The football bodies found the pitch, toilets,
pavilion, and dressing rooms at the Mandela Stadium in a very bad shape and
recommended total renovation. Mandela Stadium has been the home ground for the
national team, the Uganda Cranes since 2002.
While addressing the heads of Sports
Federations in the country at the end of 2021, the Sports State Minister, Hamson
Obua indicated that the cabinet under the leadership of President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni had approved a supplementary budget allocation of Shillings 67
billion towards the renovation of the stadium for the first time since it was
established in 1999.
He said that the money would be
released to all the qualified entities, therefore he believes before the close of January for the renovation works to start.
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However, Hajji Jamir Ssewanyana, the Managing Director of Mandela National Stadium, says that they are
yet to get the money. “We
haven’t received funds. They were
allocated but we are still waiting,”
The plans to renovate the
facility delayed when the government turned it into a COVID-19
treatment center until late last year when the country experienced a second wave. Although the Health Ministry discharged
all COVID-19 patients from the stadium by the
end of last year, URN understands that
some patients were admitted to the stadium at the beginning of
Currently, Uganda relies
on St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende, a privately-owned facility by Lawrence Mulindwa to host international games. However, the
facility also lacks floodlights, which
is one of the key requirements for a stadium to host a FIFA guided match.
If the funds are secured, the renovations will cover the dressing rooms, playing surface, running track,
installation of desks and air conditioners in the media and VIP sections, seats
in the general public stands, and upgrading floodlights as directed by CAF.