Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) will host it’s CAF Champions League games at Mandela National Stadium.
The Confederation of African Football(CAF) has declined the request by Uganda’s representatives KCCA FC to host their group games at Startimes stadium hence ordered them to play their home games at Mandela National Stadium.
In a letter from CAF Deputy General Secretary Football and Development,Anthony Baffoe addressed to KCCA FC through Federations Of Uganda Football Associations(FUFA) , he said
“With regards to the inspection visit conducted by CAF for the stadiums in Uganda for the next phase of the 2018 Champions League season. CAF decided to approve the Mandela Stadium as the stadium that will host all the matches of KCCA FC during their participation in the competition,” Anthony Baffoe noted as quoted by the club website.
According to CAF, Startimes Stadium was found lacking in many aspects including emergency exits in case of a stampede and safety both for players and fans.
In her reaction about the Namboole experience, the club CEO Josephine Namukisa told the Club website.
“Mandela National Stadium comes with a couple of positives and opportunities among these; the club has an opportunity to host a vast number of the football faithful in Uganda given that Namboole is big enough and also the players will acclimatize to the kind of environment they will experience when they travel away to play the other teams in the group.” She Said.
KCCA FC is in group A of the CAF Champions league with Esperance (Tunisia), Al Ahly (Egypt) and Township Rollers (Botswana). KCCA FC start their Champions League group stage campaign away to Township Rollers.
They became the first Ugandan club to reach the group stages of the coveted continental championship after eliminating Ethiopia’s St. George 1-0 on aggregate.
Al Ahly (Egypt), Township Rollers (Botswana), KCCA (Uganda), Esperance (Tunisia)
TP Mazembe (DR Congo), Mouloudia Club D’Alger (Algeria), Difaa Hassani El Jadidi (Morocco), E.S Setifienne (Algeria)
As Togo Port De Lome (Algeria), Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa), Wydad Atletic Club (Morocco), Horoya A.C (Guinea)
Zesco United (Zambia), Primeiro De Agosto (Angola), Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia), Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland)