PAMOJA Bid wins AFCON 2027 hosting rights but hard task lies ahead
By Emmanuel Sekago
IT was excitement and Joy as the three east african nations the PAMOJA 2027 bid was accepted by The Confederation of African Football (CAF).
No more doubts that Uganda heads to reap big fortunes by co-hosting the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in 2027.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) yesterday awarded the joint bid of Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya the hosting rights of the 2027 AFCON.
CAF president Patrice Motsepe made the announcement at the executive committee meeting in Cairo, Egypt yesterday, marking the first time in history that the biennial football showpiece will be held in the East Africa region.
“The AFCON 2027 edition is going to be beautiful. The commitment and drive made by three presidents of the countries shows how eager the region is to host the event,” Motsepe told a press conference.
CAF president Patrice Motsepe however warned the hard task lies ahead for the hosts in the race to ensure the infrastructure was ready for the event.
“We will be sending teams to form an evaluation of the progress that has been made. Because the key is we are absolutely determined to maintain the highest possible standards.”
Sports ministers Peter Ogwang (Uganda), Ababu Namwamba (Kenya) and Damas Ndumbaro (Tanzania) presented the joint bid to the CAF ExCo in Cairo before the voting.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni congratulated the country, Kenya and Tanzania for winning a chance to jointly host the tournament.
He Said; ” I received good news that our joint bid with Kenya and Tanzania to host the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 2027 was successful. I thank the organizers for putting up a good case for East Africa. This will promote our countries and positively impact our economies, especially the tourism sector.”
Also, the First Lady and Minister of education and sports maama Jannet Museveni tweeted., Today, as a country and the larger body of East Africa, we have been blessed with the good news of jointly hosting the AFCON 2027 competitions.
This is a great milestone in fostering the spirit of cooperation among our countries as the EAC. I thank the various individuals and friends of East Africa who have made this happen, led by the respective heads of State of East Africa.
Now, I call upon all Ugandans to pull together in the same direction to ensure that we are ready to host in 2027.
It is now time for all the three governments of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania to work hard to ensure the right infrastructure is put in place within the timelines given by CAF. Given it is a joint bid, the three countries must set up joint working committees and walk together to the end so as not to fail.
We all know that Kenya is no stranger to being awarded hosting rights after being given the nod to host the 1996 edition of AFCON but was later stripped of the privilege due to her stadia not meeting international standards.
CAF also stripped Kenya of the rights to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) owing to lack of enough facilities.
Winning the co-hosting bid means a lot to Uganda while at the same time a wakeup call that Uganda must start preparation for the 2027 AFCON finals now.
According wallnetnews sources, we understand that all the three east africa nations Ministers for sports will meet in Mombasa on October 5th to devise how to stage the best ever AFCON finals.
In the Pamoja bid Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania book, there was only one CAF certified stadium thats Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Tanzania, for Uganda and Kenya proposed two more stadiums each to augment the substandard ones they earmarked as potential venues but Looking at The EA Pamoja bid Afcon 2027 winning presentation seen by wallnetnews, Uganda with its superior hospitality and tourist attractions is destined to reap a lot of benefits but with infrastructure,it showed Uganda Nelson Mandela stadium renovation is ongoing and due for commissioning in November 2023 while Nakivubo stadium is completed awaiting commissioning.
Meanwhile, The Pamoja bid spokesperson Rogers Mulindwa while appearing on one television this morning said Namboole will be ready by March and they are targeting to host World cup qualifier matches.