After announcing to the country that once again Uganda Cranes will be hosting its home games from abroad, FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo has called for a change in contractors as Namboole Stadium renovation works stall.
Magogo argues that the contractors don’t “have the necessary experience and expertise” to get the job done on time and with the necessary quality.
Whether it’s a simple attempt to make himself look good in the eyes of the public, that’s not for us to decide—but it’s true that while he has been at the helm of the local football governing body since 2013, Magogo has delivered very little when it comes to football infrastructure.
“Today 25th April, being the deadline for confirmation to CAF, FUFA has opted for Cameroon. We also plan to have 1 international friendly match against Cameroon in the same FIFA window,” reads part of the FUFA president’s lengthy tweet.
It should be noted that renovations for the country’s only national stadium were put in the hands of the UPDF Engineering Brigade. Whether the decision to award the contract to UPDF was done without the involvement of FUFA or they were consulted, that will be a story for another day but it is true that the works have stalled.
“This is Namboole shall not be ready by June as the work is so slow and insensitive to the cries of Ugandans despite MOFPED releasing the necessary funds over one year ago,” he added.
“The contractors (UPDF Engineering Brigade) and the Supervisors (Min of Works) do not have the necessary experience and expertise to undertake stadium construction.”
It’s based on that argument that he has called for the cancelation of the contract and find someone else to get the job done.
“GoU should urgently cancel the contracts of the contractors and supervisors and immediately procure experienced service providers in stadium construction, even if it means being obtained from outside Uganda.”
“We are likely to have a delayed project, substandard work, and without value for money,” the Budiope East MP concluded.
Whereas his assessment is true, those that know Magogo well enough will simply say that it can’t be put passed him that he wants to bring in a contractor of his choosing so that he can personally benefit from the deal.