The East Africa Community Secretary General Peter Mathuka has commended Pamoja bid team for securing the hosting rights for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations finals in the region.
Mathuki who is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York says his office will now engage the respective nation to waive visas for the fans coming from other countries of Africa to enable them to access the host nations without any hustle.
The whole of East African region including Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania are currently celebrating and jubilating after successfully winning the Pamoja bid to host AFCON 2027, the biggest soccer tournament on the African Continent.
This will be the first time since 1976 that the tournament returns to the Cecafa region and also the first of its kind that will be hosted by three countries.
The Pamoja bid beat Botswana, Egypt and Senegal’s bids but that is only the start of the huge work as outlined by East African leaders in reaction to the news and way forward for the success of the tournament.
Reacting to the news, Uganda’s Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said that the development is beyond just football further noting that hosting Afcon will promote the region’s economies through tourism.
“I received good news that our joint bid with Kenya and Tanzania to host the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 2027 was successful. I thank the organizers for putting up a good case for East Africa.
“This will promote our countries and positively impact our economies, especially the tourism sector.”
His Tanzanian counterpart, Her Excellency Samia Suluhu jubilated for the good news and instructed construction of two standard stadiums.
“We thank God that we have managed to host the biggest football championship in Africa (AFCON2027), collaborating with Kenya and Uganda,” she posted on X.
“I congratulate all of you who participated to ensure that our country gets this wonderful opportunity. I instruct the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Sports to ensure that we make good preparations, including the completion on time and with high quality, of two new modern sports fields in Arusha and Dodoma.”
Meanwhile Kenyan deputy President Rigathi Gachagua believes the effort by the leaders to show readiness by the heads of state played a big role in the success of the bid.
“It is quite exhilarating to receive the news that the joint bid by Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations has this afternoon been accepted by the Confederation of African Football.
“The Pamoja Bid fronted by H.E President Williams Ruto and the other Heads of State was one of its kind as it underscored our readiness to work together to ensure the competition comes to East Africa for the first time in its history.”