Football fans in Mbarara town and Western Uganda in general will at last be able to watch Uganda Premier League action return to their locality after FUFA has given Kakyeka stadium the green light to host games again.
It should be noted that, the stadium was deemed unfit to host games with the FUFA licensing committee pointing out several issues including poor playing surface, dressing rooms, perimeter fence and latrines.
This forced Mbarara City FC and Nyamityobora FC to find alternative venues where to host league games as efforts were made to renovate and put up the needed structures.
On Friday, FUFA confirmed that the stadium is now ready to host games starting 5th November 2018.
Below is the full statement from FUFA
RE: STATUS OF KAKYEKA PLAY GROUND
As you are aware, Kakyeka Stadium was not passed for failure to meet the FUFA Club Licensing mandatory standards. This led to Mbarara City FC finding an alternative venue to host its StarTimes Uganda Premier league matches at the start of the 2018/19 season.
However, Mbarara City FC invited FUFA for re-inspection of the Stadium which has improved with the erection of the proper perimeter fence, grass covering the field of play, renovation of dressing rooms and clear demarcated areas for home and visiting fans.
Based on the above , Mbarara City FC has been cleared to host its home matches at Kakyeka Stadium with effect from Monday 5th November 2018 on conditions as follows:-
1. The field of play maintained green (which requires avoiding extra activities such as training sessions, exhibitions or over use e.g. extra matches.
2. Proper drainage be worked on to avoid flooding especially during match days.
3. Portable Toilets be provided to supplement on existing permanent toilets during matches.
4. Clean, maintain and paint the dressing rooms internal area.
The clearance however is based on the current Stadium status, the Club and Stadium management’s commitment to maintain the standards as per the club licensing regulations and conditions highlighted above.
FUFA reserves the right of withdrawal for the Club License if the Stadium is later found in an inappropriate state.
By copy of this letter Mbarara City FC, Kakyeka Play Ground management and stakeholders are duly informed.
This therefore means that Mbarara City FC next game against BUL FC on 13th November will be played at Kakyeka stadium.