By Aaron Okotel
The mighty Mbale municipal stadium has finally been re-opened following a 7 month closure to rehabilitate the fortress in a bid to retain its historical nature of a green playing surface.
The grand opening ceremony was graced by a friendly match on Saturday 8th between big league side Kataka FC And Busia Young from the regional tier with Coach Toldo’s chargers Kataka, winning 2-0 thanks to first half goals from Okuru swammad and Owundo Vincent.
Both teams are preparing for the upcoming fixtures in the Stanbic Uganda cup
Latif Mafuko, FUFA delegate eastern region who also doubles as the president kataka fc has warned that there will be no training sessions that shall be held in the stadium by any team as the pitch shall only be reserved for matches.
Mafuko also thanked the Municipal Council for acting hand in hand with the community to better the sporting facility and vowed to complete the remaining improvements in the dressing rooms, internal fencing and the pavilions.
The newly reopened stadium sitting on a vast 4 hectares of land is the treasured home of several clubs in the district including two big league sides; Kataka FC and Kiboga Young/Mbale heroes.
Following the closure of the fortress, teams in Mbale had sought refuge at Mbale SS and the famous CRO San Siro Stadium in Namanyonyi.
Over the years, Mbale stadiums hosted thousands of sports activities including hosting three different CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tournaments in 1984, 1992 and lately 2002.