President Museveni Endorses Uganda’s Bid To Host African Cup Of Nations 2027 With Kenya &Tanzania

President Museveni Endorses Uganda’s Bid To Host African Cup Of Nations 2027 With Kenya &Tanzania

President Museveni has today received Uganda’s bid to jointly host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) with East African neighbours Kenya and Tanzania.

This comes a week after Kenya President William Ruto also received his country’s copy of the bid, which has contributions from the three major East African nations.

A delegation including Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa, State Minister for Sports Peter Ogwang and Fufa boss Moses Magogo presented the document to the president and First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni who also doubles as the Education and Sports Minister at State House, Entebbe.

The three East African countries teamed up with a plan dubbed EA ‘Pamoja’ (together) Afcon 2027 bid, which they believe makes a strong case against seasoned international events hosts nations of Egypt and Algeria.

President Museveni welcomed the idea to host AFCON in 2027 but warned that the youth should not be lost in sports and forget other income-generating activities.

“Sports is very good, and it has now transformed from mere emizanyo to emirimo. This is good, let’s take advantage of it but don’t confuse the youth that it is the only thing, add sports to the ancient sources of income like agriculture, manufacturing, hotels and others,” President Museveni told the delegation.

President Museveni said that sports promote good health and keep people fit.

“Sports help you to burn calories and fight to get fat,” The President remarked.

He also noted that sports are also a source of entertainment for both the players and the spectators which is better than going to the bar and indulging in other destructive behaviors.

President Museveni further said that for East Africa to come together and host the African Cup of Nations in 2027 is a good idea because it is another dimension to promote and publicize East Africa and also promote tourism.

“People who do not know East Africa, will know and come,” he said.

The First Lady Mama Janet said that sports promote patriotism and nationalism; the love for one’s country.

She said that the desire to win in sports promotes the spirit of positive thinking.

The First Lady said that the bid will enhance the already existing good relations between the East African countries and will promote it.

Hon. Peter Ogwang, the State Minister for Education and Sports thanked the President for sparing time and launching the bid to host the AFCON.

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