Minister Ogwang apologizes for the failure to deliver Namboole as promised

The renovation of the Mandela national Stadium is taking long to complete.

AFCONQ Minister Ogwang apologizes for the failure to deliver Namboole as promised

Moses King 17:16 - 25.04.2023

Sports minister Peter Ogwang has apologized for failing to have Mandela National Stadium ready for the next Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against Algeria.

Recently, while speaking on the floor of parliament, Ogwang promised that the national Stadium would be ready by June and Uganda would host Algeria at Namboole.

"The game against Algeria will be played here in Namboole Stadium on 12th June. That is my promise to Ugandans," Ogwang stated.

Ogwang added that he had moved 'his offices' to the Stadium to ensure the works were completed in time.

However, Ogwang explains there have been delays in' terms of deliveries'.

FUFA Preisdent Moses Magogo (R), State Minister for Sport Hon. Peter Ogwang (C) and Attorney General Hon. Kiryowa Kiwanuka (L) during a session in Parliament | Courtesy photo

"I am pained to announce that Uganda Cranes' AFCON home qualifier game scheduled for June 2023 will be played in Cameroon for failure to have worked at Namboole Stadium completed on time. I take full responsibility & apologize to Ugandans for failing to fulfil my promise," Ogwang tweeted.

He added: "However, works remain ongoing and on schedule as per the contract. All procurement contracts have been signed, but we were only delayed in terms of deliveries which could go up to mid-May. Gov't remains steadfast to ensure that the Stadium is completed without further delays."

According to FUFA, Uganda will host the next match in Cameroon.

"Today, Tuesday 25th April 2023, being the deadline set by CAF for all federations to submit names of venues to be used for the qualifiers due in June, the FUFA Executive has decided to host the Uganda Crane's next AFCON 2023 home fixture against Algeria in Cameroon", FUFA president Moses Magogo confirmed.

Magogo appealed to the government to contract international stadium contractors to handle the project currently in the hands of the UPDF Engineering Brigade.