Uganda Cranes will be playing the World Cup qualifier home games at St-Mary’s Kitende stadium which doubles as the home of Vipers FC.
This is after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) approved the stadium as a substitute for the national stadium Mandela National Stadium (Namboole) which is now ‘unfit’ for games because of its quality.
St Mary’s Stadium had had been put on pending list because it did not have flood lights and there were fears that the national team was going to play their home games from Kenya until the lights were fixed.
Recently, the administrative and controlling body for African association football issued a circular indicating the approved stadia for the next international and surprisingly, St Mary’s Stadium was the official stadium for the Uganda Cranes
A total of at least 10 nations of the 40 taking part in the qualifying campaign face the prospect of ‘hosting’ matches next month outside their borders.
Among the affected is Senegal, who competed at the 2018 World Cup in Moscow, Russia and Mali, who were among the top seeded teams for the preliminaries.
Countries Mali, Namibia, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone. Liberia, Malawi and Niger have not had their home stadia approved by CAF because of poor infrastructure
These affected countries face a tight deadline to either upgrade their stadia before the first set of matches kicks off on June 5th or they will be forced to host them elsewhere.
The main stadia for Uganda, Libya and Democratic Republic of Congo were also rejected but they will still be able to play at home at smaller- alternate venues.
The group phase of Africa’s World Cup preliminaries has the 40 countries divided into 10 groups of four. They will play six matches each through until October.