‘Invest in AFCON finals, it is profitable’

TANZANIA : THE Minister for Culture, Arts and Sports Damas Ndumbaro has urged the private sector to invest in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) so as to benefit from hosting the finals in East Africa.

In his remarks, Minister Ndumbaro stressed that hosting such an event allows investors to invest in hotels, transport, restaurants, entertainment and recreational areas.

As part of his efforts, he has also asked various tourism stakeholders to ensure the country’s tourism industry promotes Tanzania well when visitors arrive.

“There will be a great deal of benefits to the tourism sector from this matter, so tourism stakeholders should work on preparing a favourable environment to serve guests who come to Tanzania for AFCON finals in 2027,” he said.

However, Ndumbaro said it is President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s expectations to see a speedy construction of stadiums that are to host the finals.

“I assure Tanzanians that the stadiums will be completed early and on time,” he said.

Three East African countries, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, were selected to host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Africa’s football governing body announced this in Cairo, Egypt.

Senegal, Botswana and Egypt are the three other nations that submitted a bid to host the 2027 AFCON.

Speaking at the occasion, the  CAF President Patrick Motsepe noted their strong belief that the 2027 AFCON finals will be successful.

He also pointed out that winning an opportunity to host the AFCON finals is a good platform for marketing, investment and tourism development.

“It is important for us to have this competition throughout the continent since football brings people together,” he said.

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) president Wallace Karia was among the country’s delegation that attended the meeting.

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