AFCON: Lango university students threaten to demonstrate over exclusion of Akii Bua Stadium

Dokolo – University Students from Lango subregion have given government a seven-day ultimatum to have Akii Bua Stadium reinstated on the list of sports facilities to host Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2027.

Under their umbrella Lango University Students United Association, the students gave the ultimatum in a statement dated 20th November 2023.

Lango University Students United Association brings together students from Makerere University, Kampala Metropolitan University, Uganda Christian University Mukono, Kampala International University, and Kyambogo University among others.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on September 27, 2023, awarded hosting rights for the 36th edition of AFCON to Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania under the East Africa Joint Pamoja Bid.

However, government removed AKII BUA from the list of stadia to host AFCON citing the underdevelopment of Lira City where it sits.

Reacting to this, Lango students are demanding that the government rescind its decision failure of which they say, they will match with their petition to Parliament and mobilise widespread demonstrations across the country.

Hillary Odwee Oremo the Prime Minister of Lango University Students United Association says they have also resolved that if the government fails to reinstate AKII BUA stadium, Lango Province and other teams will boycott the FUFA Drum tournament

He then rallied people from Lango who believe in the development to stand up for the good of the subregion, Northern Uganda, and the country as a whole.

Recently Lango parliamentarians asked to meet President Yoweri Museveni over the same matter.

The MPs were optimistic that the president will be able to honor their request and ensure that the pledge previously made to have Akii Bua Stadium host AFCON is granted.

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