Namboole saga; UDPF tells off FUFA on Namboole stadium renovations

The UPDF Spokesperson Brigadier Gen. Felix Kulayigye. (courtesy)

FOOTBALL Namboole saga; UDPF tells off FUFA on Namboole stadium renovations

Peter Tabu 13:15 - 27.04.2023

Brigadier General Felix Kulayige, the UPDF official spokesperson, has dismissed FUFA’s recommendations regarding the ongoing Namboole stadium renovations.

Brigadier General Felix Kulayige, the UPDF official spokesperson, has dismissed FUFA’s recommendations regarding the ongoing Namboole stadium renovations.

The stadium had earlier on been earmarked by Peter Ogwang, the state minister for sports, to host the Cranes’ home 2023 AFCON Qualifier against Algeria on 12th June but failed to beat the CAF deadline of 25th April, forcing FUFA to choose Cameroon as the hosts of the fixture in a statement.

FUFA also called for the immediate contract termination of the contractors (UPDF Engineering Brigade) and the supervisors in the Ministry of Works, who it claimed lacked the experience and expertise to undertake stadium construction, something Kulayigye dismissed.

“The FUFA statement wasn’t well thought through because, as UPDF, we have guidelines we’re following. So that’s why we’re at this stage,” Kulayigye stated on the NBS Lunchtime sports show.

“Phase one currently is supposed to cost Ugx 94B, but so far, we have received Ugx 29B,”

“Also, as per our calendar, Phase One is supposed to be complete on 31st July and not in June like I hear people claim.”

State Minister for Sports Peter Ogwang apologised for not keeping his promise to have Namboole ready for the qualifier but revealed the renovations would be complete in the specified period.

The Uganda Cranes sit third on the log with four points, level with Tanzania after four match days.

Micho’s charges must win against Algeria, who already qualified to better their chances of qualifying for the 2024 AFCON, which will take place in Ivory Coast.

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