The African Football Confederation (CAF) puts its threats into action a month before the qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup begins. 21 have failed and do not have the smallest stadium up to standard in their territory.
After announcing in recent months its desire to sharpen the tone in terms of the quality of the infrastructure, the Pan-African body on Monday published the list of approved stadiums, country by country, in the first two days of the 2022 World Cup, which begins in June.
Among the 56 member states, 21 have failed and do not have the slightest phase up to standard in their territory. While waiting for work to be done, these nations will be forced to find a solution to play their matches “at home” in another country. This is particularly the case with Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Gambia, the Central African Republic, Chad, Liberia, Niger and Sierra Leone.
Senegal’s presence is a task
The presence among this list of “dunces” is a real stain for Senegal, who took up residence two years ago at Lat Dior Stadium in Thiès after the prolonged unavailability of Léopold Sedar Senghor Stadium. The finalist for the last CAN and 1st African nation at the FIFA ranking suggested a few months ago to co-organize CAN 2025 with Guinea or even to organize a CAN alone as soon as possible … Note that DR Congo could also have found in this list, but that it does so thanks to the presence of a private stadium on the ground, TP Mazembe, which hosts the Leopards matches.
South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria … fits
Conversely, South Africa has no less than 13 approved stadiums, Egypt and Nigeria with 7 arenas each, Morocco with 6 stadiums, Cameroon at 5 and Equatorial Guinea at 4! Nothing coincidental, as most of these countries have recently hosted a CAN or are preparing to do so in the case of Cameroon.
Below is a list of stadiums that are approved country by country