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FUFA probes Namboole influx

By Vision Reporter

Added 7th June 2011 03:00 AM

FUFA is investigating their own officials over the bustling crowd that turned up to watch the Cranes game against Guinea Bissau at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Saturday.

FUFA is investigating their own officials over the bustling crowd that turned up to watch the Cranes game against Guinea Bissau at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Saturday.

By Swalley Kenyi

All Africa Games qualifier
June 26
Kenya v Uganda (U-23)


FUFA is investigating their own officials over the bustling crowd that turned up to watch the Cranes game against Guinea Bissau at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Saturday.

The stadium has a capacity of 40,202 and although FUFA president Lawrence Mulindwa insisted that they sold slightly over 40,000 match tickets, close to 60,000 fans are estimated to have accessed the stadium for the match.

Mulindwa said some of their own officials allowed fans to recycle the tickets and accreditation cards they issued for the match.

“The influx was not because we sold tickets beyond the stadium capacity. I’m investigating reports that some of our officials allowed recycling of the tickets. They allowed people to share a ticket to access the stadium,” Mulindwa said at a press conference yesterday.

“We have learnt now. In future we will consider giving the responsibility to private companies to manage.”

FUFA vice president in charge of finance Anthony Kimuli said they were overwhelmed by the influx and were considering different security measures and ticketing options to avoid a repeat.

The pavilion area that holds about 300 people was filled beyond capacity forcing some VIP ticket holders to watch the match from the tartan.

Kimuli also said in future, most of the security personnel would stay outside the perimeter wall instead of entering the stadium.

The stadium was so filled that fans were crammed on the seats, walkways, corridors and part of the tartan.

FUFA declared a gross of sh642m and a net surplus of sh271.8m after operational costs. Kimuli said that the balance would be used for the next Nations Cup qualifier against Angola and the All Africa Games qualifier against Kenya on June 26.

FUFA probes Namboole influx

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