The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has announced that Uganda Cranes will play its home game against Algeria in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers in Cameroon.
The decision for Uganda to take its home game against Algeria to West Africa was reached at after FUFA inspected Mandela National Stadium (Namboole) on Monday 24th April 2023 and found it not ready to host the qualifiers that resume in June.
The Minister of State for Sports, Peter Ogwang, FUFA President, Magogo Moses Hassim and Stadium officials inspected the Stadium located in Bweyogerere, Kira Municipality, Wakiso district. The sports facility is currently under renovation.
Recently, Uganda hosted its home AFCON qualifiers game against Tanzania in Egypt. This didn’t go down well with Ugandans who demanded for an explanation from FUFA and the government.
Responding to the public outcry, Ogwang assured the country that Namboole would be ready to host international matches in June. But going by the ongoing works, this won’t be achieved.
The football federation has described the renovation work at Namboole as very slow and insensitive to cries of the public to be able to host the matches in Uganda.
“I call upon the relevant government authorities to urgently cancel the contracts of the contractors and supervisors and immediately procure experienced service providers in stadium construction even if it means being obtained from outside Uganda. The country is likely to have a delayed project, substandard work and without value for money,” Magogo, the President of FUFA,” said.