Uganda’s Hosting of AFCON 2027 Comes with a Ugx112bn Price Tag

Minister Peter Ogwang during the plenary session on Tuesday. PHOTO/FILE

Uganda must meet six conditions before hosting AFCON 2027, including paying Ugx 112 billion in hosting fees to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) by February 2025. The announcement was made by the Minister of State for Sports, Peter Ogwang, during a parliamentary session on October 3, 2023, where Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya were celebrated for winning the bid to host the Africa Cup of Nations 2027.

Ogwang emphasized that AFCON 2027 necessitates significant investments in infrastructure, encompassing stadiums, accommodations, and improved transportation accessibility by air, water, and road.

He proposed a plan to construct regional stadiums and suggested taxing betting firms to fund infrastructure development, which he believed would yield substantial returns in the short, medium, and long term.

Ogwang viewed the opportunity to host AFCON 2027 as a significant achievement for Uganda and the broader East African community, fostering cooperation among the nations.

During the discussion, Barnabas Tinkansimire, a Member of Parliament representing Buyaga East constituency, urged the government to follow Qatar’s example by rejecting any promotion of homosexuality during the tournament and ensuring that such activities are not allowed in Uganda.

The 2027 Africa Cup of Nations, also known as Total Energies 2027 Africa Cup, is set to be the 36th edition of the tournament and will be jointly hosted by Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya for the first time.

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