What started as a dream is now a reality after CAF granted the hosting right to East Africa for the 2027 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations.
Dubbed the East Africa PAMOJA with Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania involved, this will be the first time the coveted showpiece returns to this region since 1976.
To be exact, it is the first time that the tournament will be held in the East African community.
The good news of winning the bid on Wednesday has been treated with positive reception.
In this article, we look at the reaction since Wednesday.
The Presidents of the three countries also welcomed the news with positivity and indicated East Africa is ready to host an event of such magnitude.
The Speaker of Parliament Rt Hon. Anita Annet Among and his deputy Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa who led the East African delegation in Cairo, Egypt were equally delighted.
The First Lady, Hon. Janet Museveni who also doubles as the Minister of Education and Sports noted this is a great milestone in fostering the spirit of cooperation among the East Africa Nations.
Minister of State for Sports, Hon. Peter Ogwang who has played a key role in having the bid succeed was also happy.
The Presidents of FUFA, FKF and TFF equally celebrated the good news.
The local Print media had AFCON 2027 news as their lead story to show how big winning the bid is.
On Thursday, part of the delegation that was in Cairo, Egypt returned home and was treated to a heroic welcome.
FUFA President Hon. Magogo Moses Hassim, National Council of Sports Chairman Ambrose Tashobya and Secretary General Dr. Bernard Patrick Ogwel spoke to the media and indicated the work begin now.
What they said
FUFA President – Hon. Magogo Moses Hassim
‘The government has given us assurance that they will do whatever it takes for us to have the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations here in East Africa.’
NCS Chairman – Ambrose Tashobya
“To have the three governments of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania is a testament that there is goodwill to have a successful AFCON tournament in 2027. I therefore call upon the people of East Africa to rally behind this project.”
NCS Secretary General – Dr. Patrick Ogwel
“The work begins now and we must make sure that we synergy our efforts as Ugandans and as people of this region to have a tournament that will cause social economic change.”