After frustration of hosting the Senor Challenge Cup with only one official Stadium, Uganda’s sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi has suspended Nakivubo board chairperson Geoffrey Kisekka for failure to call board meetings and cooperate with board members.
Poor safety and dwindling standard ruled out the Nakivubo Stadium as a venue for this year’s Senior Challenge Cup going on in Kampala.
The Nelson Mandela Stadium which is used to stage the matches has proved failure to endure the tournament’s tight daily schedule particularly during the preliminary stages.
The Nakivubo was earlier supposed to be an alternative venue but poor management has rendered it unsafe.
Some of the group stage matches were played at Kampala City Council’s Lugogo Oval which to some extend diluted the flavour of the tournament.
The organisers and FUFA experienced a huge loss of revenues that would have been realised through the use of the Nakivubo Stadium as an alternative venue in time of crisis.
The open KCC Lugogo venue was used to host two of the quarterfinal matches involving Tanzania, Zanzibar, Burundi and Rwanda national teams.
Two other quarterfinal matches were staged at the Nelson Mandela Stadium yesterday after the venue has recovered from heavy rains that lodged the pitch to render it unplayable.
The decision to suspend the Nakivubo Stadium boss was taken on Monday after a meeting between the minister and the board members at the ministry’s boardroom.
“He has failed to call a board meeting ever since he was re-appointed as chairman and has failed to work with other members on drawing up a strategic plan for the stadium,” Bakkabulindi explained.
The development follows media reports about irregular developments at the stadium that are likely to endanger fans. Kisekka did not attend the meeting though he was informed.
“I have appointed Eddie Ssembatya as acting chairman with immediate effect and his first assignment is to see that the board comes up with a strategic plan for the stadium. Kisekka looks to be too busy in business that he has not been able to concentrate on the development aspect of the stadium,” said the minister.
A section of the stadium at the Kisenyi end has been turned into lock-up shops, threatening safety.
The board, that was named mid this year had Eddie Ssembatya as vice chairman, Minsa Kabanda (treasurer), Paul Waiswa, Andrew Kaweesa, Rogers Mulindwa, Hasfa Nabukeera, Jolly Alipa and Timothy Ayeko. Additional reporting by Norman Katende.