The Malian Football Federation can breathe a sigh of relief. For good reason, the Stade du 26-Mars de Bamako has just been approved by CAF and FIFA after several months of closure for non-compliance with the recent standards of the two governing bodies of African and world football.

Great architect of the rehabilitation of the largest sports arena in Mali so that it can meet the requirements of CAF / FIFA, it is the Minister of Youth and Sports, in charge of Civic Education and Citizen Construction who gave the good news in primary. “The Stade du 26 Mars was approved by the Confederation of African Football on February 4, 2022 following the inspection mission and the day after large-scale works carried out by the government which enabled a complete renovation of the stadium. This decision by CAF will allow us to host the first leg of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers at the March 26 stadium in Bamako against Tunisia next month.” said Mossa Ag Attaher.

For several months, the Stadium underwent intense renovation work at a cost of 7 billion CFA francs according to the government. Giving back to Caesar what belongs to him, the Minister of Sports warmly greeted the highest authorities of the country “who have done everything possible to provide football lovers with a brand new stadium”.

Now operational for international matches, the Stade du 26-Mars de Bamako will see Mali host Tunisia on March 24 as part of the first leg of the last qualifying round of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Alassane CISSOUMA

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