The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) President and the Budiope East Member of Parliament, Moses Hassim Magogo, has hailed the government of Uganda for supporting Ugandan football.
Magogo tweeted on his X account on Thursday, January 4, 2024, thanking the government of Uganda as he listed the numerous achievements FUFA has achieved in 2023.
“In 2023, we registered several achievements, most importantly the support from the government of Uganda and parliament towards the AFCON 2027 Pamoja bid. Special thanks to H.E. President Kaguta Museveni, the leadership of Parliament led by Rt. Hon. Anitah Among and Thomas Tayebwa, and State Minister Peter Ogwang, among others,” Magogo stated.
Magogo was also full of praise for fellow parliamentarians for the support they offered the football governing body.
“Still in Parliament, we were able to maintain the allocation of resources of up to Ugx 48 billion for sports, passing of the new Sports Act of 2023, and as captain of the Parliamentary Sports Team, I led a team that won the East African Inter-Parliamentary Games in Kigali, Rwanda. I want to congratulate the honourable MPs for their cohesion, spirit, and respect,” Magogo added.
Africa’s premier football competition, the Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON], will be coming to East Africa in 2027 for the first time in history. The Pamoja bid, which is a collaborative effort between Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, emerged victorious, securing the prestigious honour of hosting the 2027 AFCON.
The East Africa Pamoja bid faced stiff competition from Senegal, Egypt, Botswana, and a joint bid from Nigeria and Benin, with Algeria pulling out on the eve of the vote. The presidents of Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania were key and influential in making sure the AFCON is hosted in the three countries, as they all agreed to bid together and host as one nation.