Harare – Malawiand Namibia are among eight African countries that will not enjoy a home advantage in the first round of the 2022 soccer World Cup qualifiers after their stadia failed to meet Confederation of African Football (CAF) minimum conditions of hosting international matches.
The CAF decision will see the two Southern African countries hosting their “home” matches in other countries when World Cup qualifiers start next month.
Namibia’s Brave Warriors wanted to use Sam Nujoma Stadium for their home tie against the Republic of Congo on September 1, but the arena did not meet CAF’s standards. As such, Namibia will play the “home” leg at South Africa’s Orlando Stadium.
Namibia Football Association secretary-general Franco Cosmos said, “I can confirm that Orlando Stadium will be the host stadium for our upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup games set for next month. This was after CAF recently sent inspectors to inspect the Sam Nujoma Stadium, which was declared unfit to stage games.”
Malawi will use the same South African facility for their “home” match against fellow Southern Africans Mozambique on September 7.
Other countries whose facilities failed to meet CAF minimum standards are Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Niger.