17 May 2007

Uganda: Namboole Risks Ban

Kampala — WORLD football governing body Fifa has threatened to ban the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole from hosting international engagements.

The threat comes two weeks after a Fifa team in charge of stadium security inspected Namboole and made their report.

In a communication from Zurich, Switzerland yesterday, Mr Adnan El Guindy from the Fifa stadium and security committee ordered local football governing body Fufa to make sure the stadium complies with international specifications.

Among the things that the security team recommended, was the revamping of the hard surface and leveling uneven areas on the pitch especially the penalty area.

Guindy also noted that goal posts are made of hard iron which is not the practice elsewhere in the world.

The report also indicates that the Fufa office at Namboole has no technical devices like a telephone and there is no furniture, or individual seats in the stands.

The Federation of International Football Associations also ordered Namboole to cease using floodlights until they secure a Fifa license.

The team commended the standard of the toilets at Namboole but observed that they are leaking and the press box has no devices. Fufa publicist Rogers Mulindwa told Daily Monitor that they will take the observation seriously.

"As Fufa, we have taken the observation seriously but we appeal to the government to take the matter as serious because this is a government owned structure," Mulindwa said.

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