On June 30, a high-level delegation from Fufa conducted a visit to Nakivubo stadium to closely monitor the ongoing reconstruction works.
The purpose of the visit was to ensure that the facility’s development remains on track as Uganda vies to jointly host the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in 2027 along with Kenya and Tanzania.
The team was led by third vice president Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi and included members of the Afcon 2027 internal working committee. Nakiwala Kiyingi expressed her satisfaction upon witnessing the progress made during the visit.
She took the opportunity to extend her gratitude to the government for their support and emphasized the potential of hosting Afcon 2027 to inspire the next generation of footballers.
“As the football regulating authority in the country, we are here as one of the pre-event activities ahead of the inspection leading to the award of hosting Afcon Pamoja bid together with our counterparts Kenya and Tanzania. We have visited this stadium as one of the hosts of the tournament that was submitted in the bid. It is already clear that the stadium is going to be a world-class venue given its history and importance to the country,” Nakiwala said.
The stadium’s estimated capacity of 35,000 spectators is being developed in accordance with the stringent requirements set by the Confederation of African Football (Caf ).
If Uganda wins the bid to host Afcon 2027, Nakivubo will play a pivotal role in hosting matches and showcasing the country’s commitment to the sport.
During the visit, Fufa officials closely inspected the progress of the construction works, evaluating various aspects such as the quality of the seating area, amenities such as washrooms, locker rooms, and the adherence to Caf guidelines.
The delegation expressed their satisfaction with the advancements made so far, highlighting the stadium’s potential to provide an exceptional fan experience and a suitable stage for high-profile football matches.
The officials noted that Nakivubo stadium’s strategic location in the heart of Kampala and its rich history in Ugandan football further added to its appeal as a host venue.
The successful completion of Nakivubo stadium and its road and drainage network will not only bolster Uganda’s bid for hosting Afcon 2027 but also leave a lasting legacy for the country’s footballing infrastructure. Expected to be completed next year, the stadium’s modernized facilities, including state-of-the-art dressing rooms, media facilities, and spectator amenities, will raise the bar for football infrastructure in Uganda.
In 2017, government decided to raze down the old dilapidated stadium after years of neglect and it is being reconstructed by businessman Hamis Kiggundu. So, as Uganda eagerly awaits the decision on the host nation for Afcon 2027 in August, the visit by Fufa officials showcased their commitment to delivering a world-class tournament experience.