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Controversy Surrounds KCCA FC’s Shs 100 Million Payment for Kitende Stadium

Controversy Surrounds KCCA's 100 Million Shillings Payment for Kitende Stadium
Controversy Surrounds KCCA's 100 Million Shillings Payment for Kitende Stadium
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Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) reportedly paid 100 million Ugandan Shillings for the usage of St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende. This payment came to light after KCCA FC’s 4-5 aggregate elimination from the Caf Confederation Cup by Libyan club Abu Salem FC over the past weekend.

The substantial fee raised questions among some observers, who wondered why the cost had risen significantly. Notably, St Mary’s Stadium had charged 37 million Shillings to The Cranes, Express FC, and URA FC just a little over a year ago. Football analyst Tom Damulira attributed this increase to the stadium’s monopoly, stating that the owner, Lawrence Mulindwa, was taking advantage of the facility’s uniqueness to set the price.

Furthermore, prevailing conditions likely played a role in the fee hike. It is possible that St Mary’s Stadium was aware of the reported $30,000 (equivalent to 110 million Shillings) payment that Fufa made for The Cranes to play their home games in Egypt and Cameroon. This knowledge might have influenced their decision to charge a similar amount. Damulira emphasized that Mulindwa, as someone familiar with the challenges of running a football team in Uganda, should consider being more reasonable, given that clubs do not generate significant revenue from gate receipts to cover such expenses.

Considering the turnout on Saturday, September 30, for the Caf game, KCCA FC reportedly had fewer than 2,000 fans in attendance. With each match ticket priced at 10,000 Shillings, the club could have earned 20 million Shillings. Ironically, their elimination from the Caf Confederation Cup will save them a significant amount of money.

Had they progressed further, KCCA FC would have needed to allocate at least 300 million Shillings for their three group games in Kitende, putting a strain on their budget. Some observers speculate that the high stadium charges at St Mary’s could be a deliberate strategy by Vipers SC to financially burden their opponents.

In the long run, when Vipers’ main rivals are financially weakened due to the costs associated with stadium rental and competing on the continent, it has a detrimental effect on the league. A BUL FC official noted that when their team played on the continent last year, they spent more money playing at home in Kitende than during their away leg in Egypt.

On the contrary, some believe that the high charges at St Mary’s Stadium serve as a wake-up call for clubs to invest in building their own facilities. Vipers CEO Simon Njuba dismissed claims that KCCA paid 100 million Shillings and insisted the information was confidential. However, multiple sources have confirmed the unusual pricing at Kitende Stadium.

Last month, Fufa attempted to host the Cecafa women’s Caf Champions League qualifiers at Kitende but was quoted a fee of 400 million Shillings. Unable to meet this cost, they chose to hold the event at the Fufa Technical Centre in Njeru. Before Namboole Stadium’s closure for renovation, Vipers, KCCA, URA, and SC Villa were charged between 15 million to 20 million Shillings to host Caf games there.