Change of date for Uganda vs Algeria; Venue also confirmed

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AFCON23Q Change of date for Uganda vs Algeria; Venue also confirmed

Peter Tabu 10:20 - 28.04.2023

Magogo, who also confirmed June 18 as the date for the game rather than June 12 as earlier communicated,

The 2023 AFCON Qualifier fixture between the Uganda Cranes and Algeria will be played in Douala, Cameroon, the FUFA president Moses Magogo has confirmed.

Magogo, who also confirmed June 18 as the date for the game rather than June 12 as earlier communicated,

"We are going to play the Algeria game in Douala," Magogo made the remarks on Thursday night while appearing on NBS Frontline, a political talk show on NBS TV.

He added: " We chose Cameroon. After all, they also offered a friendly since they won't have a qualifier because their group C only has three countries (Namibia and Burundi)."

The Cranes are expected to play at the Japoma Stadium, which hosted group E and one quarter-final during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Budiope East Member of Parliament also explained why Tanzania and Rwanda weren't options FUFA opted for to host the Algeria game.

"Many people are asking why we didn't go for Kenya, Rwanda or Tanzania, but they also don't have facilities approved by CAF; only Tanzania has a stadium," Magogo stressed.

"But also, when we beat them (Tanzania), the lights went off for close to 40 minutes, but also, we are in the same group, which wouldn't add up.

The Pele Stadium in Rwanda got provisional clearance from CAF when Rwanda hosted Benin but Pulse Sports reliably understands the license was revoked.

According to Magogo, Kenya's two main stadiums in Kasarani and Nyayo still need to be cleared by CAF, which gave FUFA fewer options in East Africa.

The Uganda Cranes sit third on the log with four points, level with Tanzania after four match days.

Micho's charges must win against Algeria, who already qualified to better their chances of qualifying for the 2024 AFCON, which will take place in Ivory Coast.

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