St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende approved by CAF to host FIFA World Cup qualification games

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By Edward Tumusiime

CAF has cleared the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende, Wakiso district to host the forthcoming Uganda national football team FIFA World Cup qualifying games.

The Africa Continent’s football governing body (CAF) yesterday included St Mary’s stadium on the list of stadiums around the continent that will be used by countries to host the qualifying games that start next month.

This development ends the speculation over where Uganda would be hosting its world cup qualification fixtures from. This is because, St.Mary’s Kitende stadium had initially passed the test to host only AFCON games and Namboole had earlier been deemed below standard to host any international games.  

The latest inspection by FIFA had indicated that the St. Mary’s Stadium, the only available option currently after Namboole, had been turned into a Covid-19 treatment Centre and had no floodlights and access roads that had to be worked upon before being cleared.

The State Minister for Sports, Hamson Obua had hinted at Uganda hosting the World Qualifying games from a neighbouring country as the last resort. “Uganda only has St Mary’s Kitende and if the team of inspectors doesn’t approve it, we will have no choice but to host all the World Cup qualification matches at a stadium in one of the countries outside Uganda,”Obua said recently.

Uganda after being pooled in Group E alongside neighbours Kenya, Rwanda and Mali will now turn guns onto the World Cup qualifiers next month.

Uganda will host the first game against Mali between 11th and 14th June after opening their campaign away to Kenya on 5th to 8th June, 2021.

The Cranes will then have back to back games against the Amavubi of Rwanda with the first leg in Kigali between 1st and 4th September and the return match in three days at Kitende.The Final games will be Kenya at home and Mali away in October.

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