Uganda is getting ready to host AFCON 2027, a significant football event, but several conditions must be met before the tournament takes place. The Minister of State for Sports, Peter Ogwang, has shared that Uganda needs to fulfill six conditions for hosting AFCON 2027. One of the crucial requirements is paying a hosting fee of US$30 million (Shs112 billion) to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) by February 2025.
AFCON 2027 demands substantial investments in various areas such as infrastructure, accommodation, and transportation, including air, water, and road access. These investments are expected to bring both short-term and long-term benefits to Uganda.
Ogwang pointed out that hosting such an event is not just about football; it’s also an opportunity to showcase the beauty of East Africa to the world. The region is known for its diversity, culture, landscapes, wildlife, and vibrant cities, which can attract tourists.
To fulfill the hosting requirements, Uganda must execute government guarantees, sign and submit hosting agreements, and ensure timely payment of the hosting fees to CAF. Each participating country is required to pay the same fee.
Additionally, Uganda needs to build two new stadiums (Akii Bua Stadium in Lira and Buhinga Stadium in Fort Portal or Hoima City Stadium in Hoima), renovate and upgrade Mandela National Stadium, and secure all necessary funding for logistics and event execution.
The Ministry of Education and Sports is committed to achieving the successful hosting of AFCON 2027 while simultaneously developing the required infrastructure for a lasting legacy.
However, there are concerns raised by some members of parliament. Barnabas Tinkansimire urged the government to prevent individuals promoting homosexuality during the tournament, emphasizing Uganda’s stand against such activities. Kayemba Ssolo pleaded with anyone inclined to corruption to refrain from embezzling funds, recalling past instances of misappropriation during similar events.
Recently, the joint bid of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, known as East Africa Pamoja, won the hosting rights for the 2027 AFCON. While the heads of state and football federations of these countries celebrated the victory, some ordinary Ugandans expressed doubts about their readiness on social media. Memes and satirical content circulated, highlighting concerns about facilities and infrastructure, including the readiness of Nakivubo and Namboole stadiums for the tournament.