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Nakivubo Stadium Shines with Modernization: First Lady Commends Kiggundu

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Kampala, Uganda: Uganda’s First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni and Minister of Education and Sports, expressed admiration for the extensive renovations undertaken by businessman Hamis Kiggundu. The stadium, earmarked as a key venue for Uganda in hosting the AFCON 2027, impressed Mrs. Museveni with its modernized facilities and infrastructure.

On Tuesday, February 20, Mrs. Museveni lauded the initiative of young entrepreneurs like Kiggundu, emphasizing the pivotal role such projects play in Uganda’s socio-economic development. She commended Kiggundu for his leadership in spearheading the renovation, which has transformed the stadium into a state-of-the-art sporting facility.

The Nakivubo Stadium redevelopment project, valued at over $200 million, underscores Kiggundu’s significant investment in advancing sports infrastructure within the country. With its official reopening slated for early 2024, the stadium represents a landmark achievement in Uganda’s sporting landscape.

Mrs. Museveni’s visit follows commendations from President Museveni, who recognized Kiggundu’s contributions to the stadium’s refurbishment. As Uganda prepares to co-host the AFCON tournament for the first time in history, alongside Kenya and Tanzania, the renovated Nakivubo Stadium stands as a testament to the nation’s readiness to host prestigious international sporting events.

The New Nakivubo Stadium

The revamped Nakivubo Stadium boasts an array of modern amenities, including a meticulously maintained football pitch, two suspended floors, a two-level pavilion, netball grounds, and a retractable roof. With a seating capacity of 35,000, the stadium is poised to accommodate various sporting disciplines, ranging from athletics to volleyball.

Designed to meet rigorous international standards, the stadium features state-of-the-art facilities such as a fully installed artificial turf, meticulously positioned goalposts, corner flags, VIP sections, and indoor facilities furnished with premium seating arrangements. Its completion marks a significant leap forward in Uganda’s sporting infrastructure, catering to the diverse needs of athletes and spectators alike.

Despite encountering numerous challenges and setbacks, Hamis Kiggundu exhibited unwavering determination in realizing the Nakivubo Stadium project. From navigating public scrutiny to resolving legal disputes and mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kiggundu’s steadfast resolve has been instrumental in overcoming formidable obstacles.

Kiggundu’s steadfast dedication to the project underscores his vision for enhancing sports facilities in Uganda and contributing to the nation’s overall development agenda. As the stadium nears completion, Kiggundu’s efforts have garnered widespread acclaim, underscoring the pivotal role of private sector engagement in driving transformative infrastructure initiatives.

The completion of the new Nakivubo Stadium not only elevates Uganda’s stature on the global sporting stage but also heralds opportunities for economic growth and regional collaboration. As preparations for the AFCON 2027 gather momentum, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania stand poised to reap the benefits of heightened tourism and investment, epitomizing the potential of sports diplomacy in fostering unity and prosperity.