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Government takes U-turn on the Akii-Bua stadium construction.

01 March, 2024

The government has made a U-turn on its commitment to construct Akii-Bua Stadium to host the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2027.

In November, the government committed to constructing the Stadium in Lira City, but not specifically for hosting the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2027.

The State Minister for Education and Sports Peter Ogwang, said that while Akii-Bua and Buhinga stadiums will be constructed, they will not host the AFCON games. Instead, a new stadium will be built in Hoima.

According to Ogwang, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) guidelines state that stadiums hosting the games must be within a 50-kilometer radius of an international airport and have Five Star Hotels. However, speaking in Lira on Thursday, Ogwang disclosed that the stadium will be constructed within 22 months and be ready for hosting the 2027 games.

Ogwang who was in the company of officials from SAMCO Egypt, the construction company which was awarded the contract to construct the stadium was addressing hundreds of fans and local leaders of Lango at the Akii-Bua playground.