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2023 AFCON: Uganda Cranes to host qualifier match in Cameroon

Uganda Cranes starting XI vs Tanzania - CHAN

Contrary to the promise of State Minister for Sports Hon. Peter Ogwang, Uganda Cranes will not be hosting their home tie in the 2023 AFCON qualifiers on home soil.

Uganda was forced to host its home tie against Tanzania at the Suez Canal Authority Stadium in Egypt after no stadium was found fit enough to home games of that caliber on home soil.

When the Cranes lost the duel by 1-0, Hon. Peter Ogwang, through his twitter handle vowed that “the game against Algeria will be played here in Namboole Stadium on June 12th. That is my promise to Ugandans.”

The current state of Namboole Stadium undergoing rennovation

However, he has come back to bite his own tongue after failing to deliver on that promise.

“I am pained to announce that Uganda Cranes’ AFCON home qualifier game scheduled for June 2023 will be played in Cameroon for failure to have works at Namboole Stadium completed on time,” the minister said in a tweet.

The development was also confirmed by the local football governing body FUFA, through an official statement, part of which read:

“Today, Tuesday 25th April 2023 being the deadline set by CAF for all federations to submit names of venues to be used for the qualifiers due in June, the FUFA Executive has taken a decision to host the Uganda Cranes next AFCON 2023 home fixture against Algeria in Cameroon.”

Official Statement from FUFA

Unlike many government officials in who often find themselves in similar circumstances when they fail to deliver on their promises, just like the government they serve, Hon. Ogwang owned his failures noted that;

“I take full responsibility & apologize to Ugandans for failing to fulfill my own promise”.

He was quick to add that; “However, works remain ongoing & on schedule as per the contract. All procurement contracts have been signed but we were only delayed in terms of deliveries which could go up to mid-May.

“Gov’t remains steadfast to ensure that the Stadium is completed without further delays.”

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