The Sports Minister, Hamson Obua, says that they need about Shillings 96 billion to renovate Namboole stadium. He, however, says that time has already run out even if the money is released and they are currently waiting for approval of St Mary’s College Kitende.
has confirmed that Uganda risks playing its World Cup Qualifiers in neighbouring
countries unless the World football governing body FIFA and the Confederation
of African Federation (CAF) lifts the ban on Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
May last year, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Federation of
International Football Association (FIFA) disqualified Mandela National Stadium
from hosting the forthcoming 2022 world cup qualifiers, saying the facility is
bodies found the pitch, toilets, pavilion and dressing rooms at the Mandela Stadium in
very bad shape and recommended total renovation. The Mandela Stadium has been the home
ground for the national team, the Uganda Cranes since 2002.
The only option for Uganda is St Mary’s Stadium
in Kitende. Although Kitende passed the CAF standards for the Africa cup, it is yet
to get a node for the World Cup. The cranes are lined up to play Mali,
Kenya and Rwanda in-group E in home and away games.
Sports Minister, Hamson Obua, says that they need about Shillings 96 billion to
renovate Mandela stadium. He, however, says that time has already run out even if
the money is released and they are currently waiting for approval of St Mary’s
was responding to concerns raised by Silas Aogon, the Kumi Municipality MP who
tasked the Education and Sports Ministry to respond to media reports that
Uganda does not have a stadium to host international world cup qualifiers
following the Mandela National Stadium ban.
have seen in that media that FIFA has put a ban on activities at the Mandela Stadium most
especially hosting international games. This perturbs because it comes at the
time our icon Denis Onyango is retiring, does it mean Government is retiring
supporting Namboole? What is taking place in Namboole, I thought Namboole is a
facility that generates its own money,” he said.
response, Obua confirmed the FIFA ban on the Mandela National Stadium after failing to meet the set
standards world by the world and regional body. “In the circumstances, Uganda
only has St Mary’s Kitende and if the team of inspectors who are currently
doing inspection for the world cup qualifiers do not approve it. I want to put
the country on notice that the country will have no choice but to host all our
world cup qualifiers in one of the countries outside Uganda,” he said.
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Following the ban on
Namboole, the Education and Sports Minister, Janet
Museveni wrote to the Works and Transport Ministry to constitute a team to
conduct a needs assessment and upgrade of the stadium.
Obua said that the Ministry of Education and
Sports included what Mandela national stadium requires in short term in this
year’s budget but it falls under unfunded priorities because the indicative
planning figures could not accommodate the Shillings 96 billion need for the