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Rains threaten Uganda's match against Ghana

[Posted 27 Jul 2012]
[By Charles Malingha]
Rains threaten Uganda

Fifa will move the tie between Uganda Hippos and Ghana’s Black Satellites from Nakivubo Stadium to Namboole if heavy rains that have characterized the past days fall and render the turf unplayable.

Uganda face Ghana in the first leg of the 2013 Africa Youth Championship qualifiers at Nakivubo tomorrow. The middle patch and the two goalkeeping areas were water-logged when Beez Sports International visited Nakivubo on Wednesday although a follow-up check yesterday was blocked by the management. 

A Caf Confederations Cup game between Victors and Motema Pembe last year was forced off to the next day after a heavy downpour about 30 minutes to kick-off flooded the entire pitch.

The game was later played the next day, still at Nakivubo, after several attempts by use of mattresses to clear water had failed the previous evening.


But in the event that a similar scenario happens tomorrow and the game is forced off, Fufa technical director Asuman Lubowa says they have plan B. "Fifa and Caf rules allow us three days in which to play the game," said Lubowa, "So if it rained and the match was forced off, we will assess the turf and see whether we can play there on Sunday or move it to Namboole.

Namboole option
"We have communicated to Namboole in case such a scenario happens. About the payments (to Namboole), those we shall discuss when we cross the bridge."

Nakivubo drainage is despicable compared to Namboole’s. It has previously rained and league matches have still been played at Namboole, although uncomfortably. "It is not only the drainage at Nakivubo that is poor," explained the downtown stadium chairman, Godfrey Kisekka, "The entire city drainage is poor.

"We are doing our best to ensure we are ready for the game but if it rains and the pitch is unplayable, then that is beyond our control. It happens worldwide."

Meanwhile, Ghana Counsel General to Uganda Tom Buruku, whose boys were due in this morning, fears they will have trouble playing at such a turf. "Our boys are not used to playing on such flooded and muddy surfaces because in Ghana the pitches are on standard," he said.



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