KCCA FC will not be seeking alternative grounds to host their games even during the redevelopment project of the MTN Omondi Stadium, CEO Anisha Muhoozi has confirmed.
Work has began on KCCA’s new UGX 10 billion home ground at the same site where their current home ground sits, with the new 9000-capacity stadium expected to be completed by 2025.
While the club was forced to host their CAF Confederations Cup qualifier against AS Kigali at the home of bitter rivals Vipers SC, Muhoozi says the club will not undergo the nightmare of having to relocate to a new venue especially with the glaring lack of facilities in the country.
According to Muhoozi, construction will go ahead as planned and that will not affect other facilities at the stadium.
Muhoozi revealed that they indicated to FUFA that they expected to have construction take place at the stadium and that the club has taken necessary steps to ensure that the stadium facilities remain fully functional.
“During construction, we are not going to shift our home ground,” Muhoozi exclusively told Football256.
“With the lack of facilities in the country relocating will be a nightmare not only to us but other teams like Police and Proline who host their games at the stadium.”
“Even when we were undergoing the licensing process, we indicated to FUFA that there will be redevelopment works that will take place at the stadium.”
“So, we expect the stadium to remain fully functional even during the construction with some of the stands still open.”
“Therefore, in case fans are allowed back, we shall be able to accommodate them through the numbers shall be less, but we shall be able to have them and other facilities available,” she explained.
The club announced plans to revamp their home ground in 2015, but the project suffered construction delays as the club tried to secure funding for the project.
But in May 2020, the Government of Uganda approved the budget to give the stadium a facelift and committed to providing up to UGX 2.5 billion every year for the project.
In December, Sarjan Constructions were handed the construction contract. And the company has not taken as much time before getting down to business.
Early this week, Sarjan kicked off the first phase of construction at the stadium. Anisha confirmed to this website that the contractors have ‘taken possession of the site’.
The club is expected to hold an official hand over of the site which will officially get construction underway.
Construction will be done in three phases, with phase one including the construction of the VIP wing, dressing rooms among other facilities.
“They (Sarjan Construction) are in possession of the site, they are doing mobilisation currently, but we shall have a proper function that flags them off officially,” Muhoozi explained.
“The construction is going to be done in a phased approach because of funds availability. Currently, the project is priced at UGX 10 billion, but we have noted that there are some changes that need to be done.”
“We expect it to cost more, however, that will be handled in the later stages, but for now we are maintaining the initial budgeted expenses,” she said.
“The funding is coming from the Government of Uganda who made an approval of UGX 2.5 billion every year, so that can roughly take us five years to have the project completed.”
“The first phase will mainly cover the VIP section, but we are keen on making sure that the pertinent CAF requirements are done in this phase which will take two years.”
“The phase covers most of the construction work so we expect it to take much of the funds because much of the facilities like dressing rooms, VIP stands, hospitality boxes are to be constructed during the first phase,” Muhoozi continued.
When completed, the Phillip Omondi Stadium will be only the second standard stadium to be owned by a club in Uganda after Vipers who own St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.