Inter-ministerial Committee inspects proposed site for stadium in Hoima City, considers it suitable for hosting AFCON 2027

Hoima City Mayor, Mr Brian Kaboyo (in a jacket) addresses an inter-ministerial delegation and sports fans among others at the proposed site for the construction of a stadium at Mparo Cell in East Division of Hoima City on Friday, November 3, 2023. (Image: Calvin Wembabazi/Kazi-njema News)

An Inter-ministerial Committee for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) preparations on Friday inspected the site for the proposed stadium in Hoima City and Kabaleega International Airport that is under construction in Hoima District.

Led by the General Secretary of the National Council of Sports, Dr Bernard Patrick Ogwel, the delegation inspected the proposed 10-acre-stadium site at Mparo cell and another 10 acres of land that was acquired by the Federations of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) in the same area as an extension to the donated piece of land.

In his comments in regard to hosting the AFCON, Dr Ogwel said Hoima has all it takes to host the continental game given that it has the second largest airport in Uganda located in Kabaale sub-county and beautiful hotels where football officials, players and fans can access high class hospitality services in the district and city respectively.

He said what has been seen on ground has convinced the delegation beyond doubt that Hoima is suitable to host the AFCON revealing that with such a good infrastructure, the government will construct the stadium in that part of Bunyoro region in mid-western Uganda.

The Secretary General said the delegation will soon compile a report about the findings and present it to higher authorities for action.

A video extraction for a delegation that inspected the proposed site for a stadium at Mparo Cell in Hoima City. (Credit: Gad Asaba/Kazi-njema News)

Mr Rujumba Mutagaywa, the administrator of the Rujumba family that donated the land for the construction of the stadium was impressed with the delegation for reciprocating the love and desire to establish the facility on the expanse that the family donated generously to FUFA to take sports activities in the world forward.

Mr Pius Rujumba Wakabi, the parliamentary representative for Bugahya County in Hoima district who is also one of the Rujumba family members, pledged total support for endorsing the appropriation of funds in the country’s budget for the construction of the stadium in Hoima once the matter is brought before the floor of parliament.

His counterpart for Buhaguzi East County in the neighbouring Kikuube district also in Bunyoro region, Mr Stephen Aseera, said the project will cause development in diversity as people from all walks of life will benefit from the stadium through a variety of services that will come along with it.

The land donated for the construction of a proposed stadium at Mparo Cell in East Division, Hoima City. (Image: Gad Asaba/Kazi-njema News)

The Hoima City Mayor, Mr Brian Kaboyo, said that the city council authorities agreed that the physical plan for the stadium will be approved free of charge so that the AFCON game can be held in Hoima city.

Audio: Kaboyo on stadium (English)

Mr Rogers Byamukama, the FUFA delegate for Western Region, said the 20 acres of land at Mparo cell are enough for the cause of the construction of the 20,000-capacity-seater stadium.

Uganda will co-host the AFCON with Kenya and Tanzania in 2027 and Hoima city was selected to host some of the games.

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