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Masembe leads Uganda's bid

By unknown | Apr 25, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Charles Masembe, a retired Ugandan Fifa referee, is spearheading the east African country's bid to host training camps for the 2010 World Cup countries.

Masembe is now employed by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) as its chief executive. Fifa officials were in the east African country last week to inspect facilities suitable to host the teams.

Fifa officials David Petranshvili and Essan Ahmed visited the Mandela National Stadium Namboole and local hotels, among others.

The National Stadium, which is named after former president Nelson Mandela, has a seating capacity of 40202.

After President Thabo Mbeki's announcement that 2010 will be an "African World Cup", Masembe said the Ugandans also wanted to benefit from the tournament.

"Namboole is high on the list of likely training venues for the 2010 World Cup. We also want to lure some of the participating countries to Uganda.

"Fifa informed us that they are looking for venues in Africa that will help the participating countries acclimatise."

Masembe said they were happy that the South African Local Organising Committee was also making efforts to help the whole of Africa benefit.

This was after Danny Jordaan, the LOC chief executive, recommended that Fifa change rules that will allow participating teams stay in other African countries. Under the current Fifa rules, participating teams are required to move to the host country seven days before the opening match and stay there until their last match.

"This is good for Africa," said Masembe, who refereed the historic 1996 Africa Cup of Nations final when Bafana Bafana beat Tunisia 2-0 at Soccer City.


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