“FUFA will have to apply again to host international matches at Namboole-” Magogo

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David GOMBE

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) President Moses Magogo has revealed that CAF only gave them a provisional license to host the two games at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole.

Uganda Cranes for the first time in nearly five years hosted Botswana and Algeria in the Group G of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers at newly refurbished Namboole.

While on Tutegere omupiira, FUFA President Magogo asserted that the Stadium is still under renovation and they will need to apply for a license to host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers in September.

“It is important for Ugandans to know that we received a provisional license to host only the 2 matches we played against Botswana and Algeria. Namboole is still under renovation, and to host games in September we will have to apply for the licence.” Said Magogo

For starters on 12th May 2024 CAF confirmed that they were satisfied with the new developments at the stadium.

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“Reference to participation of your team in the FIFA World Cup United 2026 African Qualifiers matchday 3&4, following reinspection of the Mandela National Stadium (Namboole) conducted by CAF inspectors, we acknowledge the improvements undertaken in various facilities in accordance with previous remarks from CAF.” Read a statement from CAF

Mandela National Stadium has been under refurbishment by the UPDF Engineering brigade since it was closed in 2019.

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