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Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania Secure Hosting Rights for AFCON 2027

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President Museveni Congratulates Successful AFCON 2027 Bid

Uganda’s President Museveni has expressed his appreciation for the joint effort made by Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania in successfully winning the bid to host the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2027. This bid victory came after competing against Botswana, Egypt, and Senegal.

On a social media platform, President Museveni shared his gratitude for the ‘Pamoja’ bid’s success. He also acknowledged and thanked the leaders of Tanzania and Kenya, Suluhu Samia and Williams Ruto, for their prompt cooperation in securing the hosting rights.

President Museveni praised the Pan-African spirit demonstrated during the ‘Pamoja’ bid and encouraged the East African Community (EAC) to extend this spirit to other areas of inter-state relations for regional progress.

He commended the Ministry of Education and Sports, national football organizations, and the Deputy Speaker for their role in the bid’s success.

The announcement of Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania as the hosts of AFCON 2027 received congratulatory messages from various parts of the country. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Patrice Motsepe, officially recognized this decision.

The Minister of Education and Sports, Ms. Janet Museveni, emphasized the significance of cooperation among EAC countries.

Sports enthusiasts, like Mr. Mark Ssali, expressed optimism about the opportunity for Uganda to develop sports infrastructure, boost tourism, and enhance local sports.

Mr. Mujib Kasule, director at Proline Football Club, believed that AFCON 2027 would also promote sports-related businesses.

Mr. Geofrey Kayemba Solo, Member of Parliament for Bukomansimbi and Shadow Minister of Sports, considered this bid win as a blessing and urged the government to invest in sports facilities while staying vigilant against corruption.

Individuals from various backgrounds shared their thoughts on the bid:

  • Sumim Namaganda, communication specialist, highlighted the socio-economic benefits and stressed the need for meticulous preparation.
  • Samuel Anthony, a business consultant, called for stadium upgrades and coaching improvements.
  • Adiam Negash, a diplomat and foreign relations expert, saw an opportunity for Africans to unite around sports and culture.
  • Richard Kemboi, a Kenyan and sports enthusiast, emphasized the unifying power of football in the region.
  • Etsegenet Bezabih Yimenu, the Ethiopian ambassador, recognized the economic impact and regional unity that AFCON 2027 could bring.

The successful bid to co-host AFCON 2027 was celebrated as an opportunity for East African nations to come together and showcase their capabilities on the international stage.