The Kingdom of Buganda has officially handed over 10 acres of land to the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) at Kawolo, Lugazi on Tuesday, 10th April 2018.
FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo received the land title from the Katikiro of Buganda Kingdom Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga at the Kawolo Division headquarters during a well-attended ceremony also graced by the Buikwe Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Fred Bamwine.
The land measuring 10 Acres is situated on Plot No. 262, Block 179 in Kawolo, Lugazi adjacent Kawolo Division Head Quarters in Buikwe District.
Eng. Magogo led a strong team from FUFA with 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents Justus Mugisha and Darius Mugoye respectively in attendance.
“This is a great moment for our football in Uganda. Time immemorial, Buganda Kingdom has had a healthy relationship with FUFA since the days of Ssekabaka Daudi Chwa who was the first FUFA President in 1924. I am glad to be the president of the federation at a time such developments are taking place. I thank the Buganda Kingdom for the support by providing the land where the FUFA Stadium will be constructed. The project will last for five years and will be executed in phases. The project source of funding shall be majorly from FIFA as well as other partners and stake holders,” Magogo said.
Other FUFA officials in attendance were Edgar Watson (CEO) as well as his Deputy Humphrey Mandu, Executive committee member Hamid Juma, Esther Musoke (Marketing Director), Ahmed Hussein (FUFA Communications Manager) and Delegates.
Buganda Kingdom sports officials Sam Mpiima, Sulaiman Sejjengo and Adam Sematiko were also in attendance.
The Chief Guest at the ceremony, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, the Katikkiro of Buganda Kingdom while addressing the guests wholesomely embraced the project.
“When we presented this project to the Kabaka about construction of a football stadium at Kawolo, Lugazi, he blessed the request. We shall offer the necessary support to this project and make it reality,” Mayiga noted.
He hinted on the long list of opportunities that come along with sports and football in particular.
“Football is a rich opportunity to make a living. I also urge the footballers to make good use of their money earned while still in active service,” Mayiga added.
Speaking at the same function, the Buganda Kingdom Minister of sports, Youth and Recreation saluted the efforts of FUFA in line with achieving the five year strategic plan of the Kingdom.
“The construction of this football stadium in Buikwe, Kyaggwe Ssaza is one of the lined up plans of uplifting sports in Buganda in line with our 5 year strategic plan recently launched by the Kingdom,” Ssekabembe remarked.
A foundation stone was later laid at the site where the stadium will be constructed.
The project will be completed within five years.
The ceremony was also graced by the LC V Chairman Buikwe District Mathias Kigongo Ssendege, LC 3 Chairman – Emmanuel Kivumbi Bongole Ssejjinja, Mayor Lugazi Municipality, Deogratius Tumwesigye Mbabazi, Buikwe Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Fred Bamwine, Chairman Buikwe Football Association, Steven Mpiima Muzee, Buganda Region Football Association Chairman Andrew Kaweesa, Ssekiboobo Benjamin Kigongo, Buganda sports officials Sulaiman Ssejjengo, Adam Ssematiko, Samuel Mpiima (also a delegate at the FUFA Assembly) among others.