By Ahimbisibwe Flavia
The Ministry of Education and Sports is seeking 97.2 billion to renovate Mandela national stadium-Namboole ahead of the FIFA world cup qualifiers.
Uganda is expected to participate in the FIFA world cup qualifiers for 2022 tournament and it’s in group E where it is expected to host three matches at home.
The state minister for sports Hamson Obua while appearing before the budget committee chaired by Ntenjeru North member of parliament that Uganda is going to host its first home game in the qualifiers from one of the neighboring countries but says that if they are provided with the 97.2 billion shillings they will be able to host two of the three matches from Namboole.
Obua says that once provided with the money they plan on hiring multiple companies to work on different aspects like CCTV, cameras, installing plastic seats, Flood lights to ensure the renovations needed by FIFA are completed by September when Uganda will be required to host its second game.
Uganda is in Group E of the world cup qualifiers with Mali, Rwanda and Kenya and it will be expected to host games in June, September and October.
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When asked by members of parliament on the fate of other stadiums in the country, Obua informed members of parliament only St. Mary’s stadium at Kitende had been considered but says that it cannot host matches by FIFA has they are yet to tarmac the road going to the stadium and they have an artificial playing surface which is not allowed for matches hosted by FIFA.