Football in Uganda
Football is clearly the number one sport in Uganda and the most popular pastime for young people. The game attracts fans of all ages and is played in cities, villages, universities and schools across the country. Balls in Uganda are often not made out of leather, but from interwoven banana leaves. Many top Ugandan players began their careers kicking such a football. But the national team has not enjoyed success for many years now. In 1978, the national team (the Cranes) reached the Final of the African Cup of Nations, only to lose to hosts Ghana, while they have appeared in three other African Cups of Nations (1962, 1968, 1974). Uganda were one of the founding members of the Confederation of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA), and have won the CECAFA Championship on five occasions. Unfortunately, the country has suffered from political unrest and border disputes, which has evidently affected sport in Uganda. However, the country is finding its feet again and youth development work promises much for the future. The Ugandan U-14s are the reigning champions of two prestigious European youth tournaments, the Tivoli Cup and the Gothia Cup, while a number of school teams have also successfully represented Uganda at other international tournaments. The national association has a close working relationship with the German FA and many Ugandan coaches have earned the German «B coaches licence».
The first Goal Project
On 6 May 2003, Mohamed Bin Hammam, chairman of the Goal Bureau and President of the AFC, opened the national association headquarters in the Mengo district of Kampala. He was accompanied by Mario Coluna, president of the Mozambique FA and member of the Goal Bureau. The project was financed by Goal and the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme. The three-storey building was built in a record time of just six months. «In Uganda, the saying goes: 'You are only a man when you have built your own house'. So today, Uganda became a man,» said Sebaana Kizito, Mayor of Kampala, in his opening address. The national association will benefit in two ways from these new facilities. Not only does it have a new home, but it will also save money on rental costs (USD 6,000 per year). Furthermore, the first floor of the building is to be rented. The ensuing reduction in costs and increased revenue will surely allow the national association to develop youth football - the future of the game.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National association headquarters in Kampala
Project approved
4 March 2002
Opened on 6 March 2003
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 69,626 Total cost USD 469,626