CAF Grants Approval to East Africa Pamoja Bid for AFCON 2027 Hosting Rights

In a momentous development for East African football, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has officially approved the East Africa Pamoja Bid to host the 2027 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament. The exciting announcement was made in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday, marking a significant milestone for the region’s football enthusiasts.

The East Africa Pamoja Bid comprises Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, who will collectively take the reins as hosts of AFCON 2027. This historic occasion demonstrates the power of unity and collaboration among East African nations in their shared passion for the beautiful game.

The approval not only secures East Africa’s position as the host for AFCON 2027 but also means that the national teams of Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda have all automatically qualified for the tournament, courtesy of their hosting status. It’s a remarkable opportunity for these teams to shine on the continental stage and make their fans proud.

Moses Magogo, the President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), expressed his gratitude for the support received from the Heads of States of the hosting nations. 

He stated, “I want in a special way to thank the Heads of States of Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President William Samoei Ruto, and President Samia Suluhu, who have been supportive in this cause and committed to invest in order to realize this dream.” This level of commitment from the leaders of these nations underscores the importance of football as a unifying force in the region.

Magogo also expressed confidence that the necessary infrastructure and facilities will be in place by 2027, emphasizing that “bids are awarded on plans, not what exists.” The collective vision of East African nations will undoubtedly inspire the development of state-of-the-art facilities and resources to ensure a successful tournament.

Anita Among, the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, joined in the celebration, acknowledging the significance of the Pamoja Bid. “Our Pamoja Bid, to co-host the 2027 AFCON finals with Kenya and Tanzania, is now a reality. I congratulate President Kaguta Museveni and everyone who gave this bid a push. Pamoja tunawakilisha,” she tweeted, highlighting the collaborative spirit of the bid.

In their bid, Uganda has outlined a comprehensive list of training grounds and stadiums, including locations like Kampala International School Uganda (KISU), Muteesa II Stadium Wankulukuku, Mandela National Stadium, Denver Godwin Stadium (Garuga), St. Mary’s Stadium, and Nakivubo Stadium. These venues will be integral to the success of the tournament.

The East Africa Pamoja Bid sets a remarkable precedent by bringing three nations together to host the AFCON finals, a first in the tournament’s history. This spirit of unity and cooperation reflects the shared commitment of these nations to celebrate the sport, showcase their culture, and make AFCON 2027 a truly memorable event. As East Africa prepares to welcome the footballing world in 2027, it is a moment of great pride and anticipation for the entire region.

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