Ticket scandal rocks FUFA ahead of Kenya,Uganda tie

Oct 04, 2011

A ticket mess has exposed the ineptitude of the Federation of Uganda Football Federation (Fufa) just four days to the much-awaited Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Kenya and Uganda in Kampala.

Reports carried on Uganda's leading newspaper Daily Monitor have indicated that sale of match ticket have been shrouded in controversy in the Ugandan capital. According to the paper, match tickets going for Ush 20,000 were sold out within an hour at most points of sale on Monday.

Scores of angry fans were left cursing and frustrated by their failure to acquire the priced ticket. At some other points of sales, fans were told to wait a day longer for the arrival of the tickets.

To throw a spanner to the works, Fufa publicist Rogers Mulindwa said the delay was inevitable since the federation was still "adding in some features to make sure that the genuine tickets differ from the fake ones."

The federation has also kept a tight lid on the identity of the company contracted to print the tickets. While Fufa maintains that it tendered an unnamed UK-based company to print the tickets, rumours are rife that Pearl Sporto, a company headed by Fufa official Moses Magogo, is actually doing the job.

The scandal raises issues over the host nation's ability to host the high profile match without exposing the fans to safety and security risks.

Only four months ago, the 42,272-capacity Namboole Stadium accommodated over 60,000 when Uganda hosted Guinea Bissau. With hundreds of Kenyan fans planning to descend on Kampala for the match there are fears that a repeat of the June 4 scenario could be replayed.

Meanwhile, the Harambee Stars camp in Mumias is a near full-house with the arrival of foreign-based professionals.

Team manager Edward Odour has confirmed that Dennis Odhiambo (South Africa) and Moses Arita (Albania) were the first to arrive for Saturday's crucial match.

Speaking to sportsnewsarena.com from Mumias  Oduor said skipper Dennis Oliech (AJ Auxerre - France), Jamal Mohammed (FCM Targu Mures - omania), and James Situma (KF Tirana - Albania) were on transit and were expect in camp later in the day. Oduor said that midfielder MacDonald Mariga had already arrived in Nairobi from his Spanish base and would be linking up with the team on Wednesday morning.

Others professional expected to join the camp on Wednesday are Victor Mugubi (Celtic FC - Scotland) and first choice goalkeeper Arnold Origi (Moss FK - Norway). The team is expected to fly out to Kampala on Friday morning from Nairobi.


Nesta Kizito 

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