By our Reporter.
The ongoing Confederation of East and Central African Football Association (CECAFA) U-20 Challenge Cup matches in Gulu town have had less impact on the business community. Pece War Memorial Stadium in Gulu town is playing host to some of the games, which kicked off on September 21st, 2019.
The business community in Gulu town had expected to reap big from the games just like they do during the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) Drum regional league games.
Joyce Aciro, a juice vendor along Acholi Lane road adjacent to the stadium told our reporter in an interview that she stocked a lot of products including snacks with hopes of making huge sales in vain.
She disclosed that she hardly made Shillings 20, 0000 during the opening and second games, which demoralized her so much.
Vincent Komakech, the Manager Flamingo Delight Hotel along Commercial road, says he maintained the prices of his guest rooms at Shillings 35,000 for single rooms and Shillings 55,000 for double rooms but no new customers have booked in.
He says he is also registering low sales of beverages, drinks and eatables, adding that most of them have lost interest in the games. Ismael Akena, a food dealer and mobile money operator expected higher sales and many customers seeking mobile money services but his hopes have faded. He thinks the tournament didn’t get the desired advertisement or spectators because they are scared of the presence of many armed security personnels manning the area.
David Cal-Nono, a shop attendant is hardly making Shillings 100,000 daily since he has only managed to attract his usual customers. Less than 1000 people attended the opening matches between Uganda and Djibouti. The Hippos drew 2-2 all with Sudan in group A on Wednesday. Both teams qualified for the quarter finals.