By Samuel Opio
Namboole Stadium management has for the second time withdrawn the offer to host the much anticipated Bobi Wine’s Kyarenga concert citing CAF sanctions.
“We regret to inform you that the stadium shall not be able to host your event as tentatively booked,” reads part of the letter to his concert promoters.
In a letter dated October 19, Mr.Jamil Sewanyana the Namboole stadium manager, has again advised Bobi Wine and his promoters to seek for an alternative, saying that they have received a complaint from their stakeholders in sports development-Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) that raised the following pertinent concerns;
FUFA Cheif Executive Officer Edgar Watson Suubi noted that the stadium is under ‘red flag’, Confederation of African Football [CAF] is keenly observing the conditions as the key competition factor for the forth coming 2019 qualifier football match against Cape Verde.
“It has come to the Federation’s notice that Mandela Stadium management has entered into an agreement to have a public event on 9th November 2018 within the stadium. In our opinion, any public event within the International football match period can put the Stadium into an unacceptable standard,” read part of Edgar’s letter.
Following the complaint by FUFA, Namboole stadium has resolved to halt the agreement they had entered into with Emma promotions and marketing agency, a company in charge of organizing Bobi Wine’s concert.
According to the agreement signed by Ssewanyana Emma Sserugo and the concert promoter, the concert had been cleared to be hosted on November 9, 2018.
However, in the new development, Sewanyana informed Bobi Wine that should the event be hosted, the stadium will be put into an unacceptable standard that may result into CAF docking off points from Uganda and hence failing to qualify for the AFCON Cameroon -2019 or even being banned from hosting international matches.