SA to host neighbouring WCQ fixtures


South Africa will continue as host nation for two neighbouring African countries in the next round of the World Cup qualifiers with 14 stadiums approved by CAF.

This means both Namibia and Malawi will stay on at Orlando Stadium next month when qualifiers get into third and fourth gear.

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According to CAF, the two countries still don’t have stadiums that met the international standards for national team games.

The Independence Stadium and Sam Nujoma in Windhoek are both in dilapidated states while in Malawi the Bingu National Stadium has failed to meet the requirements yet again.

The Flames overcame Mozambique at Orlando earlier this month and will host Ivory Coast at the same venue a fortnight from now as Group D reaches the halfway point.

Ivory Coast will also be playing their home game in Cotonou, Benin.

Namibia also played at Orlando drawing 1-1 against Congo in Group H.

Depending on FIFA’s negotiation with the UK over their covid restrictions, Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Chelsea keeper will both be hosted in Johannesburg to face The Brave Warriors on October 11.

Several other countries will also be playing home away from home in the next set of qualifiers, and these include Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Central Africa Republic, Liberia, Mozambique, Mali, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Sudan, DR Congo and Ivory Coast.

For club competitions, South Africa has the most stadiums approved by CAF across the continent with 14.

Bidvest Stadium has only been approved for the preliminary rounds while FNB Stadium, Mbombela Stadium, Free State Stadium, Royal Bafokeng, Loftus, Moses Mabhida, Nelson Mandela, Peter Mokaba, Orlando, Moruleng, Lucas ‘Masterpieces’ Moripe, Dobsonville and Cape Town can all host games at any stage.

Four South African clubs are playing in CAF competitions this season.

Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu will compete in the Champions League while Orlando Pirates and Marumo Gallants are in the Confederations Cup.

Scroll through the gallery to see the highest-ranked African countries in the September FIFA World Ranking

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