The Federation of Uganda Football Associations(FUFA) in conjunction with the Church of Uganda( Namirembe Diocese) have on Tuesday carried out a ground breaking ceremony at the proposed FUFA training Centre, Kadiba ground.
In a ceremony conducted at the facility located in Mengo, Rubaga Division in Kampala, the ground breaking event for the construction works of the facility officially got under way.
Vicar Reverend Festo Kalungi from Namirembe Cathedral who represented the church indicated that as a church they are delighted to be part of football development in Uganda.
“On behalf of the church, I stand to welcome FUFA on this day. We know that this place will not only benefit people who live here but the entire country at large. We believe the facility will be a unifying factor and we pray that it is put to good use,” he said.
FUFA President Engineer Moses Hassim Magogo lauded the church for offering the land to set up the facility and stated that the dream of setting up infrastructures which is one of the core areas of development of football is now happening.
“I played football on this very ground for so many years but I am happy that FUFA will have a state of the art training facility here. The FIFA President Gianni Infantino laid a foundation stone here last year and he follows every development that takes place here.”
The FUFA President stated before adding “There are so many authorizations that we have undertaken up to this level and we have the belief that we shall come back here to open the facility when the construction works are done.
Head of FUFA Projects who is also FUFA Vice President, Justus Mugisha asserted that construction works will start immediately since all steps have been taken.
“We approached Namirembe Diocese and they made no objection to avail us the land. We have gone all through preliminaries including consultations with Point Plus Associates, contractors (Chreigns Construction Company) and already secured funds from FUFA to kick start the project.”
FUFA training Centre is one of the several projects that the Federation is undertaking, all happening at once.
The others include a 20,000 seater stadium in Lugazi, Buikwe District and a beach soccer facility in Kitubulu along Entebbe road.
Minister for Youth and Children affairs Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, also the third FUFA Vice President lauded the church for offering the land and stated that FUFA is committed towards developing the game of football in all aspects.
“We thank the Church for offering the land because we believe by setting up such facilities, Uganda as a country will nurture more talents and give employment opportunities to the youth who constitute the biggest percentage of the population.”
Ibrahim Kabugo the project engineer revealed that the construction works will cover a total cost of 4.4 US million dollars( 15.4 Uganda billion shillings) and the project is expected to be finished in three years.
The Event was also attended by the FUFA Executive Committee members, the FUFA Secretariat among others.