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KAMPALA: Uganda and Tanzania are to table a joint bid to host the 2027 AFCON tournament.

This was revealed by the state Minister for sports Peter Ogwang while appearing on UBC TV Behind the headlines program on Wednesday night.

Minister Ogwang explained that  the government has now embarked on the campaign to improve on the state of the existing and construct more  stadiums in the country in order to meet the requirements for hosting the tournament.

He added  that Namboole national stadium that is under renovation will be open to the nation for use  six months from now.

The minister who was discussing the top ”The Impact of Qatar 2022 World cup” alongside sports administrators in the country,  also revealed government is going to construct other stadia citing Buhinga  in Fort Portal  and Akibua in Lira  as part of the government’s efforts to ensure it  meets  the requirements of hosting the AFCON tournament and to  develop the  sports sector  in the country.

The politician added  that the government is in the final stages of negotiations with a European  investor who is going to construct  an international football academy in Hoima district that will help in identifying, developing and nurturing football talents in the country.

”The investor will  be bringing  in experienced coaches from European countries  including Spain who will nurture the emerse talents in our country which will see many of our players joining  big clubs including those in Europe since the academy will have direct links with such clubs”,  said Minister Ogwang.

He added that after getting required training  and  the exposure the players will play for the country that will help Uganda perform well at  continental and world tournaments.

However the minister challenged the private sector to come out  and support the  sports sector  in order to develop the industry in the country saying that the private sector has played a big role in developing sports in the  giant sporting  countries in the world citing Germany where he said the government offers very little financial support to the sports sector.

Appearing on the show hosted by Charles Adongtho, Aldrine Nsubuga, a sports enthusiast and Startimes TV’s director for   marketing  noted that Uganda still has several challenges in football   administration, talent development and nurturing evidenced by the country having new faces each time the coaches summon the players to  the national team which is not the case with other countries.

Nsubuga explained that this is due to the inconsistency in the players’ performances resulting from poor nurturing.
Nsubuga said  that there are  no shortcuts in football development noting that countries that are performing well in the sector   including Morocco invested heavily in it.

Nsubuga thefore asked the government to invest in sports if the country is to achieve its dream of being among the best sporting nations in the world.

Morocco became the first African country to reach the semi finals of the football world club where it lost to France 2-0 in this year’s tournament that was hosted  by Qatar.

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