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April 10th, 2011, 10:13 PM
KCC to upgrade Lugogo to stadium status
Published on February 19, 2011 by The Razor Newspaper
League giants Kampala City Council football club have finalised plans to transform their training ground at Lugogo into a 10,000-seater stadium. Ahmed Kabuye, the KCC team manager, revealed this week that they were seeking to re-model the training ground to become their official home stadium. “The club is building capacity in terms of infrastructure, facilities, offices and other amenities including the remodeling of the training ground here,” said Kabuye during an interview with The Razor. “Our plan is to leave
Nakivubo (stadium) and construct a 10,000-seater stadium for the club.”The Lugogo side has been using Nakivubo stadium as their home ground during local and international engagements, thereby incurring costs which would have gone elsewhere if they had their own stadium.
“The planning department of the City Council of Kampala is drawing up plans for the art design of the stadium. Our plan is to start playing our games in our new home next season,” remarked Kabuye. “Once the stadium is in place we shall also allow other clubs to play and make it their ground so that the facility may become an income generator.”
However, despite having a plan and desire for KCC to transform Lugogo into a stadium, none of the club’s top officials such as Kabuye or chairman Bakka Musujja is committed to or even aware of how much such a project would cost the city hall account. But if their plans materialise, KCC will become the first club in Uganda to own a stadium. KCC lead the Eco Bank super league on 28 points with a match to go into the first round break.
June 24th, 2011, 12:20 AM
KCC FC to revamp Lugogo Stadium
Thursday, 23rd June, 2011
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The upgraded dressing rooms for the away teams
By Michael Nsubuga
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AFTER three years of uncertainty on whether KCC FC’s ground at Lugogo would survive sale or encroachment, all that seems to have come to pass after the team’s executive registered it as their home ground.
The ground that is currently under repair will also host games for another Uganda Super league side Pro-line for the 2011/12 season.
According to KCC team manager Ahmed Kabuye, the works that are currently going on will in two months’ time have turned into a 10,000 capacity stadium.
It will also be the most intimidating for the opposition —the equivalent of Turkey club Galatasary’s Stadium of Hell.
The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) engineering department that is carrying out the repairs has re-leveled the ground, planted fresh grass, worked on the drainage and will soon erect a perimeter fence on top of constructing public toilets on the facilities.
After completion, KCCA sports officer Tom Lwanga believes it will be the start of good things to come for the club. “We will feel at home, consequently winning more games and accumulating more points. It will also help us financially as we will remain with a big portion of the gate collections,” Lwanga said.
He is also of the view that the move will have more players attracted to the Lugogo side, on top of attracting more fans.
In a move aimed at seeking support, the club executive recently had the new KCCA chief executive officer Jennifer Musisi tour the facility to appreciate it. She immediately promised her support.
Recent developments around Lugogo have seen much of the once sporting area turned into hotels and shopping malls with the neighboring Kampala Rugby Club the latest to go.
It remains to be seen whether in the long run the other two remaining fields in the vicinity will survive.
Many top league sides have of late tried to get own grounds as a move towards professionalising Ugandan soccer in the four-year road map set by the Jinja declaration.
The declaration requires that clubs increase fan bases and aggressively pursue membership drives in the surrounding communities.
August 14th, 2011, 01:24 AM
KCC FC free to use Lugogo ground
BY SILVANO KIBUUKA
THE competitions committee of domestic football governing body FUFA and Uganda Super League Limited have cleared KCC FC to use the Lugogo Stadium for its games.
The club applied to use the facility for its home games in the Bell Super League during the new season.
Action in the premier event is scheduled to start next month.
But the stadium was cleared with reservations.
A team headed by retired FIFA referee Ali Tomusange, is currently inspecting various grounds ahead of the new season.
The team cleared the Lugogo facility but urged the club management to construct a perimeter wall at the pitch.
Perimeter wall needed
“Everything is okay for KCC. But they have to construct a perimeter fence on the playing ground as a prerequisite by the world body FIFA,” Tomusange said.
“The surface is also bumpy but they have promised to do more levelling ahead of the kick off.”
The facility will also host home games for another Uganda Super League side Proline. KCC formerly had a training ground in the area.
But the Kampala Capital City Authority engineering department transformed the place to the present structure.
Before this development, KCC and Proline used Nakivubo for their home games in the league and Uganda Cup.
April 29th, 2012, 04:40 PM
USL give thumbs up to Lugogo
28 April 2012, 18:07
Kcc Fc Players At Lugogo Stadium
KCC will now play the club’s remaining home games from their Lugogo Stadium after the Uganda Super League (USL) passed it.
The club have been longing to have their games there this season but league authorities had not okayed the stadium for the league as they deemed it not ready.
But with the club management assuring the USL it is ready and the league managers inspecting the stadium, it has now been okayed.
“USL has cleared its member Kampala City Council (KCC) FC to use the Lugogo Stadium (facility), located behind Shoprite Shopping Mall, for its games,” read a communication from the USL.
And their first game at Lugogo couldn’t come better than against URA in the league next Tuesday. Four other league games are lined up on the day.
Lugogo stadium can now host games
Publish Date: Apr 29, 2012
One of the two dressing rooms of the newly refurbished stadium.
By James Bakama
Kampala City Council Football Club finally has its own home.
This follows Bell Uganda Super League’s clearance of the club’s Lugogo stadium as fit to host the competition’s matches.
In a release about next week’s matches, USL confirmed clearance of the Lugogo facility that will be officially launched with a league game between KCC and reigning champions URA on Tuesday.
KCC was initially supposed to have kicked off the 2011-12 league last year in the stadium but a USL inspection found the facility lacking in basics like a perimeter wall.
The ground also lacked a fence separating the stands from the field and proper drainage. These have all since been put in place.
KCC has since promotion into the top league in 1974 been one of several teams using Nakivubo War Memorial stadium as its home ground. News of the new home has thrilled the club’s faithful.
“This is probably the best news I have got this season. There is nothing better than having a home where you are in control,” noted KCC coach Morley Byekwaso.
The eight time league champions indeed need the home advantage that the new ground brings. They are currently in sixth position in the 16 team race. KCC in 2006 became one of the first Ugandan clubs to own a stadium. This followed an offer from a South African enterprise Shoprite to construct the stadium.
Meanwhile URA beat Masaka 1-0 on Friday to qualify for their fourth Uganda Cup finals. Moses Feni scored the away winner.
May 27th, 2012, 11:52 PM
The Stadiums First Game Kcc fc vs leauge leaders Ura fc
October 18th, 2013, 08:08 PM
KCCA stadium to get synthetic surface
Publish Date: Oct 17, 2013
KCCAs stadium in Lugogo will benefit from FIFAs Goal Project.
By James Bakama
UGANDA will under FIFA’s fourth Goal Project get an artificial football playing surface in the KCCA stadium in Lugogo.
Federation of Uganda Football Associations Technical Director Asuman Lubowa said the $500,000 (sh1.3bn) project starts in December. Construction takes six weeks.
British consultants were recently in Uganda for preliminary works.
“The artificial turf should be in the country anytime,” explained Lubowa.
KCCA Football Club board member Hamid Juma, who is also a FUFA executive, confirmed that the two parties had reached an agreement to have Uganda’s second artificial football turf placed in Lugogo.
The first surface was under FIFA’s third Goal Project placed at the federation’s technical center in Njeru. The center is complete with offices, hostel and a conference hall, all funded by the world soccer body.
There had earlier been intentions to place the turf at the Stephen Kiprotich High Altitude Training Center in Teryet, Kapchorwa but the idea was reversed.
“FUFA ruled that the facility be placed at a location where it can easily be accessed by many clubs for not only training and but also competition,” Lubowa recently told a steering committee meeting for the construction of the Teryet project.
Education and Sports Ministry and Kapchorwa district officials urged FUFA to re-engage the world body in order to have the surface in Kapchorwa.
But Lubowa noted that there were issues of time.
“FIFA insists that this project starts this year yet construction of the center starts next year. The best we can do is probably request for the next Goal Project to be in Teryet.”
The Goal Programme allows each member association of FIFA to receive funding for football development projects that respond to the special needs of their national associations.
Launched in 1999 by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, the Goal Programme has to date provided support for over 500 development projects across the world, with a total of USD 200 million having been invested.
In making this contribution to the world of football FIFA has helped and continues to help build national association headquarters, training academies and artificial and grass pitches.
In doing so it has responded to the FIFA President’s primary objective of giving national associations with the least resources the infrastructures they need to carry out their work.
The project has evolved over the years and continues to fulfill this goal by fund- ing plans to extend and refurbish infrastructures, while also enabling member associations to fund a wide range of projects: the creation of youth academies, the modernisation of national association computer systems, and the promotion of women’s football, futsal and beach soccer, etc.
For example, through the Goal Football projects, funding is provided over the course of three years for the construction of youth academies.
For the 2011-2014 cycle, and with the approval of the Congress, FIFA’s Executive Committee has set funding for each Goal project at USD 500,000.
In addition each project must be submitted to the Goal Bureau for its approval.
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