There were wild celebrations in Hoima town and the entire Bunyoro region when Kitara FC won promotion to the Uganda Premier League in October last year. But amidst the jollification, the club management were engulfed in thoughts of where they would host games.
Kigaya playground in Hoima which had been there home in the FUFA Big League was deemed unfit to host Uganda Premier League lacking the basic requirements such as all-green pitch, perimeter fence and dressing rooms among others.
With literally no time for preparations since the league was kicking off in two-months’ time, Kitara FC and with no options, they had to move as far as Kavumba Recreation Centre as their ‘home venue.’
It makes no sense to host games 200km away and given the fans that the team has in Hoima and Bunyoro region, they were denied the chance of watching their team featuring in the top tier league.
However, with FUFA giving them a greenlight to host games at Masindi Municipal Stadium which is just 48km from Hoima, this will be a sigh of relief for many Kitara FC faithfuls.
FUFA Deputy-CEO, Decolas Kiiza in a statement released on 1st April confirmed that Kitara FC and Kyetume FC will start hosting games in Masindi and Nakisunga respectively.
The first game for Kitara FC in Masindi will be a Stanbic Uganda Cup tie against Kigezi HomeBoyz on 6th April before hosting Vipers SC ten days later in the league.
Kitara FC still languish in the drop zone with just one in their opening 15 games and will need to do better to fend off the relegation monster.
Kyetume FC on the other hand will return to Nakisunga with their first game being a Uganda Cup date with Express FC but their first home game in the league after getting learance will come on 20th April against Busoga United FC.