“Grass was planted on the few bare patches. We are now rolling and leveling the ground. The pitch will be in a good state by the weekend,” explained new stadium managing director Jamil Sewanyana.
Jamil, who addressed the press as the ground was being rolled, added that dressing rooms would also be refurbished.
The work follows complaints to Africa soccer body CAF by Zambia over the state of Uganda’s biggest sports facility.
Paul Muwanga, a consultant at the sports complex, partly attributed the delays in repairs to unpaid bills by the local soccer governing body FUFA.
FUFA is yet to pay Namboole sh 47m from the Congo Brazzaville and Senegal matches in June and for conferences and workshops the federation had in Namboole.
Namboole has in another development quashed attempts by FUFA to assume vending rights at the stadium.
The Cranes, who lost 1-0 in the first leg in Ndola, need to win by a two goal margin to advance to the final tournament of Africa’s biggest soccer tournament for the first time since 1978.