July 5, 2022

FIFA WCQ, 2022: Mali to host Uganda in Guinea, not Morocco

By Clive Kyazze
The Cranes line up for a team photo before Kick off at St Mary's Stadium Kitende / FUFA Image

Uganda’s last Group E game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier will be played in Guinea, Mali’s neighbour to the North East Football256 has learnt.

Mali had hosted their last two games against Kenya and Rwanda in Morocco and were working around the clock to have their last home game played on home soil but looks like it will not be possible.

Mali who lead Group E on 10 points, two points behind Uganda, will visit Rwanda this weekend aiming for three points to maintain their status on top of the group. 

Bearing in mind that Uganda will be hosting Kenya at Kitende, intending to pick three points to keep pressure on the West African giant. 

Much as they have been playing on neutral ground, Mali have been impressive at home, defeating Rwanda 1-0 and demolishing Kenya 5-0.

They also played to a barren draw against Uganda at Kitende before going on to pick all three points against Kenya in Nairobi.

Uganda on the other hand started their campaign a bit shaky, back to back barren draws against Kenya and Mali.

They later found their groove with back to back wins against Rwanda and just like Mali, they are yet to concede a goal in the campaign. 

If both teams pick up three points in their next outings against Rwanda in Kigali and Kenya at Kitende then Mali and Uganda would have set up a do or die encounter on November 14th in Guinea.

The group winner will join the other nine group winners in the third and final qualifying round of the World Cup where a draw of five pairs will determine who qualifies for the World Cup over two legs. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.