January 24, 2022

FIFA WCQ 2022: Mali return to Morocco for Cranes date

By Brian Aheebwa
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Mali players pose for a team photo before they faced Uganda in matchday two of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at Kitende / FUFA Image

Mali have written to CAF indicating another change of venue for their home encounter against the Uganda Cranes set for Sunday, November 14.

The West African country is among the eight African nations barred from hosting the 2022 World Cup qualifiers after failing CAF venue inspections.

The Eagles initially sought asylum in Morocco and it is where they hosted their previous two home games against Rwanda and Kenya.

However, ahead of the November international window, there had been an attempt to return home and host their last fixture against Uganda in Bamako, something that did not materialize.

In the turn of events, a few days ago they decided to play the game in their neighbour’s backyard; in Guinea.

However, with only three days to the encounter, they have once again changed and will return to Morocco on Sunday.

Mali and Uganda are in tight contention on who finishes as Group E winner to qualify for the final round, the playoffs.

The West African giant is top of the four-team table with 10 points while the Pearl of Africa is on eight in second position.

Before they face off on matchday six, the two have bouts against Rwanda and Kenya respectively on Thursday, November 11.

Should Mali win in Kigali and Uganda fails to win at Kitende, the former will have qualified for the final qualification round.

If the Cranes win and Mali does not win or if they both win, they will have set a do or die affair when they go head to head in Morocco.

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