SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
South Sudan will host Djibouti in the return leg of the preliminary round of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 qualifiers at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende in Uganda.
The game will be played on March 27th, four days after the first leg.
The South Sudanese have opted to host games in Uganda because their national Stadium in Juba is still under renovation.
Vincent Lawrence Lual, the General Secretary of the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) believes they will have a big fan base despite being away from home.
“The match will be played at the St. Marys Stadium. We believe we shall get fans to come and support the team since we have a good number of South Sudanese leaving in Uganda,” said Vincent Lual
The first leg will be played on March 23rd at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo, Egypt since the Djibouti Football Federation has no stadium approved by CAF.
The first leg will be overseen by Ugandan match officials William Oloya, Ronald Katenya, Emmanuel Okudra and George Olemu who will be the fourth official.
South Sudan has previously used the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya as their home ground for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
Eritrea and Somalia are the other teams from the CECAFA region that will play in the preliminary round of the AFCON 2023 qualifiers.
The six teams that qualify from the preliminary round will join the other highly ranked teams in the group stages of the qualifiers.