By Norman Katende
UGANDA might have a national baseball and softball stadium at Gayaza, but an extra sh500m is needed to raise the stadium to international level if it is to host competitive matches.
National Council of Sports General secretary Jasper Aligawesa says that looking at how far they have come, they will be able to achieve their dream and government will support all their moves.
“We might not have money but we will use the connections we have to help us achieve this dream. This is a sports facility and we need so many in the country if sports is to develop. What we need is to document what we want and go out to look for partnerships,” said Aligawesa.
Though the field will be ready for use by December when the Japanese government will officially hand it over to the Uganda government, the project engineer Joseph Nkuusa said that more funds were needed to have a fully-fledged dressing room, spectators stand, and a hostel and club house which will make the field suitable for international competitions.
Currently, the stadium has been standing on the sh330m donation from the Japanese government which has seen the grading and making of the playing field, building the players sitting area, back fence, wall clock and a sitting capacity of 100 spectators.
“But we need space for more spectators, a press room and soil retention facilities if we are to have a good facility. We are in discussion with Uganda baseball and softball officials to see what we can do to get this,” said Nkuusa, as he led a team led by Aligawesa on a tour of the facilities.
The infield diamond has grown and the grass in the outfield is still growing though it needs constant irrigation and a steady water supply.