KCCA Paid Shs 100 Million for Kitende Stadium Use – The Ankole Times

KCCA Paid Shs 100 Million for Kitende Stadium Use

Sunday, October 8, 2023
PHOTO - Vipers FC Stadium at Kitende - There are those who believe that the exorbitant charges at St. Mary's stadium serve as a wake-up call for clubs to invest in their own facilities. Simon Njuba, CEO of Vipers, dismissed claims that KCCA paid Shs 100 million and insisted that the information is confidential. However, several sources have confirmed the high pricing at Kitende stadium.
Hope Turyomurugyendo
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Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) reportedly paid Shs 100 million to use St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende for their recent match against Abu Salem FC, according to a report by John Vianney Nsimbe on October 7, 2023.

The news of this substantial fee has sparked questions and discussions among various quarters. Just over a year ago, the same stadium charged Shs 37 million to other football teams such as The Cranes, Express FC, and URA FC. Football analyst Tom Damulira explained that this increase in charges may be attributed to the stadium’s monopoly.

Lawrence Mulindwa, the owner of the stadium, seems to recognize that he possesses the only facility of its kind and believes he can set the price as he sees fit, Damulira noted.

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Additionally, the prevailing conditions might have played a role in the increased fee. It is possible that St. Mary’s stadium took note of the reported $30,000 (Shs 110 million) that Fufa paid for The Cranes to play their home games in Egypt and Cameroon. This could have influenced their decision to charge a similar amount.

However, some argue that Mulindwa, as someone familiar with the challenges of running a football team in Uganda, should consider the financial strains on other clubs. These clubs do not generate significant revenue from ticket sales to recoup such expenses.

KCCA FC’s recent Caf Confederation Cup match saw a turnout of reportedly no more than 2,000 fans on September 30, with each match ticket priced at Shs 10,000. Consequently, KCCA FC could have collected Shs 20 million from ticket sales alone. Exiting the Caf Confederation Cup competition might ultimately save KCCA FC a considerable amount of money.

Had they progressed further, they would have needed to allocate at least Shs 300 million for their three group games at Kitende, which would have stretched their budget thin. Some observers view the high costs at St. Mary’s stadium as a strategy by Vipers SC to financially drain their opponents.

This tactic could potentially weaken Vipers’ main opposition and negatively impact the league. An official from BUL FC noted that when their team played on the continent last year, they spent more money hosting matches at home (Kitende) than they did when playing away in Egypt on the return leg.

On the other hand, there are those who believe that the exorbitant charges at St. Mary’s stadium serve as a wake-up call for clubs to invest in their own facilities. Simon Njuba, CEO of Vipers, dismissed claims that KCCA paid Shs 100 million and insisted that the information is confidential. However, several sources have confirmed the high pricing at Kitende stadium.

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In a related development, it was reported that last month, Fufa considered hosting the Cecafa women’s Caf Champions League qualifiers at Kitende but were quoted a fee of Shs 400 million. Unable to meet this price, they opted to play the matches at the Fufa Technical Centre in Njeru. Before the closure of Namboole stadium for renovation, Vipers, KCCA, URA, and SC Villa were charged between Shs 15 million to 20 million to host Caf games there.



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