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    CAF Approves Namboole Stadium for International Matches

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    The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has given its stamp of approval for the recycle, of Namboole’s Mandera National Stadium by the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations (FUFA) for hosting international matches.

    After a suspension of more than three years, the Uganda Cranes will once again grace their home turf for the June 2024 World Cup qualifiers against Botswana and Algeria. This marks a significant milestone for Ugandan football, as the national team had been forced to host matches abroad due to the lack of international standard stadiums within the country.

    CAF’s green light for the stadium’s recycle follows thorough evaluations, including the hosting of two Uganda Premier League matches at Namboole. These test events were instrumental in showcasing the stadium’s quality and readiness to host high-profile fixtures.

    The suspension of Namboole Stadium in 2020 prompted the government to embark on extensive renovation works, investing a substantial sum of R97 billion. The overhaul included the construction of a new perimeter fence, the installation of state-of-the-art seating arrangements, the illumination of the stadium with modern lighting fixtures, and the crucial task of replanting the playing surface with top-grade grass to meet international standards.

    This revitalization effort not only breathes new life into Namboole Stadium but also underscores Uganda’s commitment to enhancing its sports infrastructure. With the completion of these renovations, Namboole stands as a beacon of sporting excellence, ready to welcome both local and international footballing events.

    The return of the Uganda Cranes to their home ground is not just a moment of celebration for football fans but also a testament to the dedication and perseverance of all involved in elevating the country’s sporting facilities. As the Cranes prepare to face off against formidable opponents on home soil, the renewed Namboole Stadium stands as a symbol of national pride and a promising venue for future sporting triumphs.

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