Mustapha-Tchaker stadium in Blida, which will host the national football team’s matches in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Qatar, has been approved by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) announced on Monday in a statement.
“In a circular addressed to the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) dated May 2, 2021, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and in reference to the circular of April 1, 2021 regarding the requirements for the approval and supervision of CAF stadiums for the African qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the CAF gave its approval for the Chahid Mustapha-Tchaker stadium in Blida,” the FAF mentioned in its communiqué.
The “Verts” will be back on the pitch in Blida on 5 June when they take on Djibouti in the first match-day (Group A) of the second qualifying round, before playing away a few days later against Burkina Faso in the second match-day.
The FAF communiqué adds “In fact, on the basis of the evaluation report submitted by the FAF, CAF has decided to approve the use of this stadium for the next qualifying matches of the Qatar-2022 World Cup, with, however, the lifting of some reservations in the coming period in order to ensure that this infrastructure is kept in the list of stadiums approved by CAF for senior men competitions.”
As a reminder, Algeria, the holder of the African Cup of Nations, are still unbeaten at the Mustapha-Tchaker stadium, and are two games away from the African unbeaten record held by Côte d’Ivoire, who have gone 26 games in a row without defeat.