Friday Jun 24, 2022. 11:00
Uganda and Tanzania are mulling a bid to host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
This is according to Dr. Bernard Patrick Ogwel, the general secretary of the National Council of Sports (NCS) in Uganda.
Ogwel, as reported by the Nile Post, disclosed that Uganda president Yoweri Museveni wants a bid for the AFCON be looked into.
“President Museveni has informally requested us to look into the issue of Uganda hosting the African Cup of nations for 2027, this shows the strides we are taking in sports,” said Ogwel.
Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) president Moses Magogo has given his opinion on the matter and appears excited at the prospect of a bid.
“The speaker informed us that the president accepted Uganda to make a bid to co-host the 2027 African Cup of Nation with Tanzania, this is a huge development,” Magogo said.
In regards to infrastructure, Uganda would need to bring three stadiums up to scratch, while the same would be expected for Tanzania.
“In brief, we already have the budget to redevelop Namboole, Kitende is already available, you can also see that Buhinga and Aki Bua stadiums will also be redeveloped and then of course, we expect another infrastructure to be put up,” Magogo said.
President Museveni showing interest in hosting the AFCON is already a huge positive, according to Magogo.
“The president of the country that wants to host has to first show interest, we are now going to talk with Tanzania, at football level, we have already talked but governments have to agree as well,” concluded the FUFA boss.
The 2023 and 2025 AFCON tournaments will be staged in Ivory Coast and Guinea respectively.