The FUFA Beach Soccer Arena was commissioned at the lake side Kitubulu, Entebbe on Monday, 26th March 2018.
CAF Secretary General, Amr Fahmy, his deputy Anthony Baffoe, CAF Futsal and beach committee chairman Eng, Moses Magogo, his vice chairman Leodegar Tenga and the committee members were among the high profile guests that witnessed the historic event.
Also in attendance were the Mayor of Entebbe Municipality Vicent Kayanja De Paul and his executive committee, Project Engineer Dauda Kawadwa, the Uganda Beach Soccer Association chairman Deo Mutabazi, FUFA CEO Edgar Watson, FUFA Development officer Ali Mwebe, FUFA Beach Soccer Delegate Anthony Tumwesigye as well as the head of project, Justus Mugisha.
‘This is a great moment for the development of beach soccer in Uganda and the CECAFA Region. I thank FUFA for the initiative. Please keep up the good work’ Tenga, who represented the CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad said.
The Entebbe Municipality mayor Kayanja, flanked by the site engineer Kawadwa. works committee chairman Jimmy Mutabazi and town clerk Daniel Fred Lutaaya, thanked FUFA for the idea of bringing the beach soccer facility in his area.
‘I thank FUFA for the idea of bringing such a great facility here. Once completed, the stadium will host CECAFA and we shall be glad for the opportunities that come with sports tourism to Entebbe Municipality. The whole project is environmentally friendly’ Kayanja noted.
FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo, also the chairman of Futsal and Beach Soccer committee thanked CAF for allowing to organize the committee meeting in Uganda, a development that also conceded with the arena opening.
‘We started thinking of this project as soon as CECAFA awarded Uganda the hosting rights of the 2018 CECAFA Beach soccer championship. We thank National Forestry Authority and the Entebbe Municipal Council for all the efforts of helping us secure this land. It will be implemented in three phases. The architectural designs were completed. Now, we are leveling to ensure the playing surface is ready and we shall add sand. We thank CAF for all the efforts of ensuring Uganda prospers’ Eng. Magogo stated.
A ceremonial stone was officially unveiled with a tree planted as a justification of conserving the environment.
According to the head of project, Justus Mugisha, the project will be completed by May 2018, well in time for the 2018 CECAFA Beach Soccer championship where hosts Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zanzibar, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia and Eritrea are confirmed.