Some PSL-based footballers from East Africa have erupted in joy after their countries earned the 2027 AFCON hosting rights.
Leading in the celebration is Mamelodi Sundowns veteran goalkeeper Denis Onyango.
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The Ugandan took to his X (formerly twitter) account to join the East African football party.
“EAST AFRICA PAMOJA TUNAWAKILISHA AFRICA MASHARIKI,” Onyango wrote on his X handle @masindeonyango.
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The Ugandan’s compatriot Salim Jamal Magoola also reacted to the Pamoja success.
“Congratulations East Africa,” the Richards Bay keeper wrote.
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“Credit to the individuals who came up with the idea of #PAMOJA Ma shaa Allah.”
The PSL is home to other players from East Africa. These include Abdi Banda of Richards Bay and Sundowns’ Brian Onyango.
The defender Banda is from Tanzania whereas Brian Onyango is from Kenya.
CAF awarded the Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda the AFCON hosting rights.
The three countries won the bid under Pamoja Bid.
Pamoja means together in Swahili which is widely spoken in East Africa.
It is the first time the three countries would have a sniff at AFCON finals on their home soils.
It means AFCON finals are rebounding to East Africa for the first time in three decades.
Ethiopia was the last East African country to host AFCON finals over three decades ago.
Motsepe and his CAF team announced the decision in Cairo at on September 27 2023.
“The three nations came together because our standards and requirements are very high,” the Sundowns former president told the press at the ceremony.
CAF made the announcement soon after holding its Executive Committee meeting.
Pamoja outclassed bids from Botswana, Egypt and late entrants, Senegal.
CAF also awarded the 2025 AFCON hosting rights to Morocco.