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.