In a world where sports often acts as a unifying force, transcending borders and cultures, Uganda is making strides to enhance its position on the global sports stage. The country’s Minister of State for Sports, Peter Ogwang, is at the forefront of this achievement. In a recent appearance on NTVSportKnight, he outlined the triumphs and challenges that Uganda’s sports sub-sector is facing, providing a rare insight into the nation’s sports landscape.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) recently confirmed that Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania will jointly host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations. This announcement has stirred both excitement and anticipation within and beyond Uganda. Preparations are already in full swing to ensure a successful tournament, with Minister Ogwang playing a pivotal role.
“The task began as soon as we received official confirmation from CAF,” Ogwang explained. With the final inspection scheduled for January 2026, Uganda has a little over five years to complete all necessary preparations. The focus? Infrastructure development and organizational planning.
Building Infrastructure, Crafting Excellence
Ogwang highlighted the government’s significant investment in upgrading existing stadiums and building new ones to meet international standards. This isn’t just about the Africa Cup of Nations; it’s about leaving a lasting legacy for Ugandan sports. But infrastructure extends beyond stadiums. The minister also emphasized the importance of building state-of-the-art training centers to elevate the national teams’ preparation.
Organizing a Tournament, Nurturing a Sport
Organizing a successful tournament requires more than just physical infrastructure. “We need a strong organizational structure,” Ogwang stressed, noting the importance of efficient management systems, logistical planning, and coordination among various stakeholders. The government is seeking partnerships and sponsorships to support the preparations, uniting local and international entities to secure necessary funding.
Reflecting on Progress, Looking Ahead
Hosting the Africa Cup of Nations is a golden opportunity for Uganda to showcase its potential as a sporting nation. But Minister Ogwang is not just focused on this event. He also spoke about the broader state of sports in Uganda, acknowledging recent achievements in athletics, football, and boxing. At the same time, he emphasized the need for increased investment in grassroots sports development, talent identification, and coaching programs.
“By nurturing young talent and providing them with the necessary support, Uganda can continue to produce world-class athletes and build a sustainable sports ecosystem,” he said.
Indeed, with the Africa Cup of Nations as a catalyst, Uganda has the opportunity to elevate its sports sub-sector and inspire a new generation of athletes. As the world watches, Uganda is set to rise to the occasion, making sports a beacon of hope and unity for the nation.