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Football returns to Kakyeka Stadium after many years

By Vision Reporter

Added 16th September 2015 02:49 PM

Football fans in Mbarara Municiplaity and other neighbouring areas have a chance to get back to Kakyeka Stadium for the Big League and Western region league matches after a long period of waiting.

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Kakyeka ground during the wet season. PHOTO: Aloysius Byamukama

Football fans in Mbarara Municiplaity and other neighbouring areas have a chance to get back to Kakyeka Stadium for the Big League and Western region league matches after a long period of waiting.

By Aloysius Byamukama

Football fans in Mbarara Municiplaity and other neighbouring areas have a chance to get back to Kakyeka Stadium for the Big League and Western region league matches after a long period of waiting.


This comes after Western region football technical committee reached a mutual understanding with Kakyeka Stadium management, to have three league teams register the facility as their home ground.

The last time a competitive league match was played at Kakyeka Stadium was way back in 2011, when Mbarara Old Timers was playing in the FUFA Big League, but after its relegation, the facility turned into a grazing ground, with the management only offering it for hire for other social functions.

Kakyeka now will be home ground to Big League debutants Citizen Mbarara FC, alongside other two new Western region league entrants MSA Sentah FC and Bwizibwera-Welden FC.

“We have negotiated with the Stadium management, a favorable condition for all the teams and I hope there shall be corporation and better usage of the facility,” Said Western region football committee chairman Sseka Mutaka.

According to the agreement made, the three teams will only be paying little money for the maintenance of the Stadium.


Kakyeka condition worries


However, many questions have been raised about the condition of Kakyeka Stadium especially during the wet season, where the facility becomes a 'potato garden.'

There have been no efforts and agreement to put in place a new drainage system, to divert the direct floods that have partly been a cause for the poor state of the facility.

Again, the teams will only be using the facility, if there are no other functions like trade shows and concerts, from which the management collects more revenue.

However, Bwizibwera-Welden team manager Yasin Mugabe says the condition of the facility is not the matter, but the fans and the games.

“For us we are not bothered at the condition of the stadium, but we want the fans to get back to the enjoyment, which has been deprived of them for many years now. After all, other playing grounds like Nakivubo also get water logged,” Mugabe said.

Last week, hundreds of fans turned up at Kakyeka for the friendly  match between Azam Uganda premier league giants URA FC and home side Nyamityobora FC.

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