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Finally: CAF Grants FUFA Permission to Host International Matches at Namboole Stadium

By Kabuye Ronald

In a significant development for Ugandan football, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has officially granted the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations (FUFA) permission to host international matches at the iconic Mandela National Stadium, commonly known as Namboole Stadium.

This decision marks a pivotal moment for Ugandan football, opening doors for the national team, the Uganda Cranes, to play crucial matches on home soil.

With this green light from CAF, all eyes are now set on the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, where Uganda is slated to face formidable opponents Botswana and Algeria. The decision to host these crucial qualifiers at Namboole Stadium comes as a boost for the Uganda Cranes, as they aim to secure their spot in the prestigious global tournament.

The announcement has sparked excitement among Ugandan football fans, who have long awaited the opportunity to support their team from the stands of Namboole Stadium. Known for its electrifying atmosphere and passionate supporters, Namboole is expected to be packed to capacity as fans rally behind their beloved national team.

FUFA President expressed his gratitude to CAF for granting permission to host international matches at Namboole Stadium, emphasizing the importance of playing on home turf. He highlighted that hosting matches at Namboole not only benefits the national team but also promotes football development across the country.

Preparations are already underway to ensure that Namboole Stadium meets all the necessary standards and requirements set by CAF for hosting international matches. From upgrading facilities to enhancing security measures, FUFA is leaving no stone unturned to guarantee a smooth and successful hosting experience.

As the countdown to the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers begins, anticipation is building among Ugandan football enthusiasts. With the support of their passionate fans and the privilege of playing at Namboole Stadium, the Uganda Cranes are gearing up to showcase their talent and determination on the road to the World Cup.

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