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QATAR 2022 QUALIFIERS: Mali vs Rwanda and seven other matches to be hosted on neutral grounds

Uganda will visit Mali on November 14th 2021. The West African nation built a number of stadiums to host the AFCON in 2002 but all of them failed to make the grade

Danito NSUBUGA 

Eight World cup qualifying matches will be played at neutral grounds after the CAF inspection committee failed to pass the proposed venues for the respective matches.

Among these is a group E match between Mali and Rwanda that was staged to be played at the Stade du 26 Mars in the southern city of Bamako.

The match slated for the 31st of August will instead be played in the city of Agadir in the north African country of Morocco.

On the same weekend, Uganda will visit Nairobi for their opening match against the Harambee Stars.

It is however unclear whether Uganda’s tie against Mali on November 14th will be hosted in Bamako or still be played on a nuetral ground.

The other seven countries stripped of their home advantage are Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Mali, Namibia and Niger.

AFFECTED MATCHES:

● August 31, Central African Republic v Cape Verde, moved to Douala, Cameroon

● August 31, Mali v Rwanda, moved to Agadir, Morocco

● September 1, Guinea-Bissua v Guinea, moved to Nouakchott, Mauritania

● September 1, Niger v Burkina Faso, moved to Marrakech, Morocco

● September 1, Namibia v Congo, moved to Johannesburg, South Africa

● September 5, Djibouti v Niger, moved to Rabat, Morocco

● September 6, Burkina Faso v Algeria, moved to Marrakech Morocco

● September 7, Malawi v Mozambique, moved to Johannesburg, South Africa

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