Algerian press mocks Uganda's Mandela Stadium

The tale of the two Nelson Mandela stadium.

SPORTS GIST Algerian press mocks Uganda's Mandela Stadium

Moses King 18:31 - 25.04.2023

Algeria last year inaugurated a massive 40,000-seater stadium, also named Nelson Mandela.

DZFoot, an Algerian sports publication, has taken a swipe at Uganda's Nelson Mandela Stadium following the failure of Uganda to host games on its soil.

The North African giants inaugurated a new 40,000-seater stadium last year that hosted the 2022 TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) and was named after former South African president and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela.

"In the absence of a stadium that meets the specifications of the Confederation of African Football, Uganda will not be able to host Algeria on its territory," stated before adding.

"One Nelson Mandela stadium chases another. As Algeria's is brand new, that of the Ugandan Football Federation (FUFA) is unfortunately in poor condition."

Algeria's Nelson Mandela Stadium

FUFA president Moses Magogo confirmed that Uganda would host Algeria in Cameroon.

"We had been assured by the Hon. Minister of Sports that Mandela National Stadium would be ready, but this is not the case," Magogo said.

"Considering the factors, the connections to Cameroon are good, and the Visa requirements are okay," Magogo revealed.

A recent aerial shot of the Mandela National Stadium shows how far the redevelopment works have moved | Photo Credit: Courtesy

Algeria has already secured qualification, while Uganda, Niger and Tanzania are fighting for the second spot.