Home is where the heart is; the saying fits well with Uganda Premier League side Busoga United who have confirmed a home venue change ahead of the new season.
After two years, Busoga United will be leaving behind their Mighty Arena home and take up residence at the Kakindu Stadium for the 2020/21 season.
Busoga United return to Kakindu after leaving the stadium in 2017 to play at Kyabazinga Stadium in Bugembe.
The natural grass surface stadium located in the heart of Jinja city has a capacity of 1000 people and is owned by Jinja Municipal Council.
Busoga United management said they are ‘proud and highly indebted to the Jinja SS management and board’ for the contribution offered to the club.
Not much has been revealed as to why the club decided on such a move – severing ties with Jinja SS with whom they have held a close relationship as their development side.
However, the club explained that the decision was made due to the unavoidable circumstances influenced by the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.
“We are so proud to be associated with Jinja SS and hugely indebted to the new school management and Board of governors for the exorbitant contribution being offered to the club, we are so much obliged,” reads a statement in part, from the club.
“This decision was made due to unavoidable circumstances resultant of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic which led to premature termination of the 2019/20 season and it’s persistence is responsible for the unprecedented delay to the start of 2019/20 season.”
“To our club stakeholders especially from the external wings; fans, well-wishers, sponsors, partners and the general public, we are banking on your usual overwhelming moral and financial support.”
“We shall miss our fans when the season kicks off at our new stadium but still remain opportunistic that sooner than Government of Uganda through FUFA shall reinstate the status quo and we can’t wait to have you fill the magnificent stadium in support of your dear club,” the statement continued.
Kakindu has undergone mandatory FUFA Licensing inspection, and if passed will be the club’s home ground for the 2020/21 season.
Busoga United finished fourth last season, the club’s highest league finish in history. They will be looking at bettering that tally and perhaps compete even nearer to the title challengers.