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BREAKING! CAF Clears Namboole Stadium to Host International Matches

By Our Reporter

 

NATIONAL

 

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has granted FUFA permission to host international matches at Mandela National Stadium (Namboole).

 

This was revealed in a FUFA statement released today, 13th May, 2024.

 

“CAF has granted FUFA permission to host International Matches at Mandela National Stadium (Namboole). This therefore implies that Uganda Cranes will host the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifier matches against Botswana and Algeria in June at Namboole.” Reads a statement from FUFA.

 

The last time Uganda Cranes hosted a game at Mandela National Stadium was in 2019, a 2-0 win over Malawi thanks to goals from Fahad Bayo and Emmanuel Okwi.

 

Two weeks ago, FUFA staged a Uganda Premier League doubleheader on 1st May as part of test events for CAF to grant the green light.

 

Uganda Cranes will host Botswana on 7th June and Algeria on 10th June in back-to-back home games.

 

On 15th April, 2024, the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Anita Among while on a tour of the national stadium undergoing renovation works directed the Ministry of Education and Sports to ask CAF to re-assess the stadium.

 

The Speaker’s directive followed CAF’s rejection of the Stadium saying the works were sub standard.

 

The CAF inspection report indicated then that Namboole’s renovation works were below the required standard and subsequently were not approved for the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers late in June.

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