AFCON 2027: 13 areas, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania must consider in hosting a successful Nations Cup

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Clive Kyazze 07:54 - 28.09.2023

Hosting a successful Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) involves meeting numerous requirements. Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania won the hosting rights for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations, beating bids from Egypt, Senegal, Algeria and Botswana, and we look at those areas


An aerial view of the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Tanzania | TFF Media

Developing and upgrading infrastructure in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania is vital. Adequate stadiums adhering to international standards and equipped with proper facilities are imperative. 

Each host country must also focus on improving training grounds, accommodation facilities, road networks, and public transport systems to manage the influx of international visitors and ensure smooth logistics throughout the tournament.


Police protects Ghana players as they leave the pitch after their 3-0 semifinal win over Gabon in 2017 | CAF Image

The host nations must develop robust security protocols in conjunction with international security agencies to safeguard everyone involved. 

This may involve a mix of physical security measures, intelligence gathering, and cyber-security to protect against a wide range of threats.

Health and medical services

Mulago National Referral Hospital main building in Kampala, the facility was submitted by Uganda as the main medical facility in the EA Pamoja AFCON 2017 bid | Daily Monitor Image

Enhanced health and medical services are essential, especially considering ongoing global health concerns. 

Temporary medical facilities at match venues, well-equipped hospitals, and sufficient medical staff are critical to dealing with any health-related issues during the tournament.

Organizational efficiency

From L-R: FUFA President Moses Magogo, deptuty Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa, CAF President Patrice Motsepe and State Minister for Sports Peter Ogwang in Cairo Egypt after the annoucement the sucessful Pamoja Bid

The organizing committees in the three nations must establish coherent and well-coordinated organizational structures. 

Efficiency in ticketing, accommodations, logistics, and event management will be crucial for handling the complexities of a multi-nation tournament.

Financial capability

Sustainable financial models and diversified income streams through sponsorships, partnerships, and merchandising are vital. 

Efficient budgeting and financial management will be critical to allocate resources across different tournament areas adequately. 

Fan engagement and experience

Ugandan football fans cheer the Cranes at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole | Daily Monitor Image

Creating unforgettable experiences for fans is crucial. This involves offering entertainment, hospitality, fan zones, and interactive experiences that represent the rich culture and diversity of the host nations. 

This will enhance the overall atmosphere of the tournament and create lasting memories for the visitors.

Media and broadcasting

Ensuring advanced media infrastructure and solid broadcasting rights arrangements is vital for global outreach. 

This requires negotiations with international broadcasters and leveraging digital media for wider access and greater fan engagement.

Compliance with CAF regulations

CAF President Patrice Motsepe confirming East Africa will host AFCON in 2027 | CAF Image

Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania must rigorously adhere to CAF’s guidelines and regulations. Regular communication with CAF officials will be important for addressing any compliance issues that may arise promptly and effectively.

Government support

AFCON 2027 bids
Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (L) and First Lady Janet Museveni receive the joint East Africa bid dubbed 'EAC Pamoja Bid' | PPU Image AFCON 2027 bids

Securing strong government backing in each country is crucial for aligning national policies, providing security, and ensuring possible financial aid. 

This support is also vital for expediting any bureaucratic processes involved in organizing such a massive event.

Environmental considerations

The implementation of sustainable practices and eco-friendly initiatives is important for minimizing the environmental footprint of the tournament. 

This includes waste management, energy conservation, and green transportation options.

Legal framework

The Olembe Stadium getting ready for the closing ceremony of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon | CAF Image

Establishing clear legal frameworks is crucial for dealing with contracts, liabilities, and disputes. 

This will facilitate smooth interactions with sponsors, vendors, teams, and other stakeholders, ensuring that any legal issues are resolved promptly.

Hospitality and tourism services

Efficiently managing the influx of international fans is vital. This includes providing adequate accommodation, diverse culinary experiences, and tourism activities, showcasing the host nations' heritage and natural beauty.

Volunteer management

Volunteers will play a pivotal role in the tournament’s success. A well-structured volunteer management system is essential for recruiting, training, and deploying volunteers effectively across various roles during the tournament.

The success of AFCON 2027 in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania will depend on meticulous planning, coordination between the host countries, and the effective implementation of strategies across the aforementioned areas. 

It presents an opportunity for these nations to showcase their capabilities, cultures, and hospitality to the world, contributing to the region's long-term development and global image.