FUFA President Hon. Moses Magogo has updated the nation about the progress of the East Africa PAMOJA AFCON 2027 Bid.
Magogo confirmed the latest development during a press briefing at FUFA complex on Tuesday.
“As you are aware, there was a call by CAF in January for countries to bid as hosts for AFCON 2027 and three East African Nations (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) came together to officially express interest,” he started before adding, “We first had engagements as the three federations ((FUFA, FKF and TFF). The next step was to get approval from Governments of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania which I am glad to report we got. All the three Governments of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania signed seven different guarantees that are provided by CAF and later submitted as required.” Stated Magogo
Magogo is confident that by 2027 the necessary structures will be in existence and believes that hosting the continental showpiece will have an ever lasting impact on the East African region
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“I want to inform the public that bids are awarded on plans not what exists. We have the confidence that by 2027 the necessary structures will be in place.This bid is for all of us. Every Ugandan should support because Government has made the commitment to do massive investment in infrastructure. When Uganda hosted CHOGM in 2007 there were benefits that came along including the hotel industry. We believe hosting AFCON will have lasting impact on this region.” Said Magogo
The CAF inspection team will visit Uganda on 28th and 29th July to identity to identify the key venues that were proposed.
The proposed venues
Hospital – Mulago Hospital
Hotels – Sheraton Hotel and Kampala Serena Hotel
Training Grounds – Kampala International School Uganda (KISU), Muteesa II Stadium Wankulukuku, Denver Godwin Stadium, St. Mary’s Stadium and Nakivubo Stadium.
Stadiums – Mandela National Stadium, Akii Bua Stadium and Hoima (Proposed for construction)
Airports – Entebbe International Airport, Kabalega Airport, Hoima.
The PAMOJA AFCON Bid will battle with Algeria and Senegal. The last time an East African Member Association hosted the prestigious Africa Cup of Nations tournament was in 1970 by Sudan.