By Norman Katende
HOCKEY players have been challenged to beat the worldâ€™s best after the Lugogo synthetic hockey pitch was handed over to them after two years of construction.
â€œI am glad to see that what started as a dream is now a reality. We now have no scapegoat of the poor ground when we take on other countries. Take on the best and beat them,â€ said Uganda Olympic Committee president Maj. Gen. Francis Nyangweso of the sh446m pitch.
The facility was constructed by contributions from the Olympic Solidarity, international hockey body, government and well-wishers.
State sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi, commissioner for sports Dan Tamwesigire, National Council of Sports general secretary Jasper Aligawesa and hockey fans were present at the hand-over function, performed by International Hockey Federation board member Theo Yekama on Tuesday. Bakkabulindi noted that this was a landmark in the sporting history of the game.
â€œWe should guard our carpet so jealously. Let us go out and prove that we can utilise it effectively so that we develop more talent,â€ said Bakkabulindi.