South Sudan switch 2021 AFCON qualifier against Uganda to Nairobi


The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) has confirmed that their 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Uganda will be played at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.

Bright Star will host Uganda Cranes on March 31st in a Group B match of the qualifier.

Originally SSFA and the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) had confirmed that the match would take place in Khartoum, Sudan. But Daniel Gabriel, the SSFA media officer confirmed that the match has been switched to Nairobi, Kenya because of some logistical challenges.

“We shall even have our team camp in Kenya before traveling for the game against Uganda on March 28th in Kampala,” added Gabriel.

South Sudan is still unable to host matches since the Juba National Stadium is undergoing renovation under the FIFA Forward Programme.

After losing to 1-0 away to Mali and 2-1 to Burkina Faso, the Bright Star will be eager to get some points from the two back-to-back games against 2019 CECAFA Challenge Cup champions Uganda.

Ashu Cyprian Besong, the Bright Star head coach is expected to name his squad on Monday before preparations begin.

South Sudan are still bottom of Group B with no point, while Uganda are top with 4 points, with one better goal advantage ahead of Burkina Faso who also have the same number of points. Malawi Flames are in third position with 3 points.

The best two teams from each group will qualify for the 2021 AFCON to take place in Cameroon.

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