Mandela National Stadium often referred to as Namboole stadium is a multi-purpose stadium which was inaugurated in 1997. The stadium has a capacity of 45,202 people.
Whenever I pass by Namboole, I am saddened by its state. The stadium environs are littered with garbage, bushy areas, stagnant water, and Marabou storks.
Some countries have several stadiums and yet they manage to maintain them in good condition. What annoys me the most is that it carries the name of a revered black man that we are all proud of – Nelson Mandela.
Recently, I was taking visiting South Africans on a trip and when they saw the name Mandela from a distance; they quickly asked me whether it is a national stadium. Sadly, the stadium was looking very dull and dirty. I appeal to the responsible authority to give the stadium a face lift.