Despite the general lack of sports facilities in the country, universities have tried to change the narrative by trying to build some average facilities inside their premises.
Kyambogo University has joined the list of institutions that are investing more in sports development.
History has it that Kyambogo University, has over the years, produced some of the best talents in various sports in the country.
Yet like many institutions, they have achieved this with limited facilities, but this is about to change.
The facility will cost close to 6 billion Uganda shillings. However, it will have a football pitch, a running track, dressing rooms, and a pavilion that can accommodate about 4000 people.
According to sports tutor Waiswa Ali, this institution facility will not only impact on its sporting success but the country at large.
“This field has been a source of talent and to promote that talent we needed to improve the field so that we can have better and more talent for the future of this country,” said Waiswa Ali.
George Wagoogo, who is also a sports tutor at Kyambog University, reiterated the vital role of the facility uplift saying that Kyambogo will be a force to reckon with in the Pepsi University league.
“This is going to be a motivator for so many students to get involved in sports, football in general as we look forward to building a stronger football team than we already have,” Wagoogo asserted.
Even with the old, not so fancy facility, Kyambogo University was one of the better performers in university sports competitions like the Pepsi University Football League, where they are now second in Group A that has Kabaale University, University of Kisubi, and Mbarara University.
Their coach says that the new facility will simplify his job.
“The pitch has been in a bad state, and sometimes, our performance was poor because of a flooded pitch. But now that they are working on the pitch, we are going trophies in the university football league,” said Christopher Lobbo.
According to contractors Amber East Africa Limited, the first phase of construction will end by June.