AFCON Qualifiers: Blow as Uganda Cranes move to host Algeria in Cameroon
Tuesday – FUFA Executive has today made a decision to host the Uganda Cranes upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifier match against Algeria in Cameroon.
The decision comes due to the delay in completion of the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, even after State Minister for Sports Peter Ogwang promised that the stadium will be ready to host national team matches by June.
“The FUFA Executive has taken a decision to host the Uganda Cranes next AFCON 2023 home fixture against Algeria in Cameroon.
“This decision comes after FUFA inspected Mandela National Stadium on Monday 24th April 2023 and confirmed that the Stadium is not ready to host the qualifiers that resume in June.
“However, FUFA expresses its disappointment at the latest ongoing works at Mandela National Stadium following yesterday’s routine site visit by the Minister of State for Sports Hon. Peter Ogwang, FUFA President Hon. Magogo Moses Hassim and Stadium officials.
“FUFA has described the work as very slow and insenstive to cries of the public to be able to host the matches in Uganda.”
FUFA President Moses Magogo has now called upon the government to ‘cancel the contracts of the contractors and supervisors and immediately procure experienced service providers in stadium construction even if it means being obtained from outside Uganda’, citing that ‘the country is likey to have a delayed project, substandard work and without value for money.’
Uganda will take on Algeria on 12 June in the second leg of the AFCON Qualifiers. The cranes lost 2-0 in the reverse fixture and will be looking to collect maximum points to revive their chances of qualification to the AFCON finals.