BY AARON OKOTEL
The mighty Mbale municipal stadium has finally been re-opened following a 7 month closure to rehabilitate the fortress in bid to retain its historical nature of a green playing surface
The grand opening ceremony has been graced by a friendly match between big league side kataka fc against Busia young from the regional tier with Coach Toldo’s chargers kataka winning 2-0 thanks to first half goals from Okuru swammad and Owundo Vincent as both teams prepare for the upcoming fixtures in the stanbic Uganda cup
The previous conditions of the stadium had been a total myth-“throwing to the dogs” where the stadium had been characterized with a bare ground of sandy soil also exposing players to a high likelihood of bruises when they fall down.
Latif Mafuko, FUFA delegate eastern region who also doubles as the president kataka fc has warned that there will be no training sessions that shall be held in the stadium by any team as the pitch shall only be reserved for matches
“we shall not expect any other team to come and train from here, the stadium shall only be open to a few teams that will accept to cooperate with us as far as maintenance is concerned”
Mafuko also thanks the municipal council for acting hand in hand with the community to better sporting facility and vowed to complete the remaining improvements in the dressing rooms, internal fencing and the pavilions
Mafuko has also promised the funds that the raining few parts of like the dressing room, the internal perimeter fence and the pavilions has shall be worked on as soon as possible
The newly reopened stadium sitting on a vast 4 hectares of land is the treasured home of several clubs in the district including two big league sides, Kataka fc and kiboga young/Mbale heroes.
Following the closure of the fortress, teams in Mbale had sought refuge at Mbale SS and the famous CRO san siro stadium in Namanyonyi
Over the years, Mbale stadiums hosted a close to thousands sports activities including hosting three different CECAFA senior challenge cup in 1984, 1992 and lately 2002.