AFCON 2023 : Rwanda Agree With Senegal For The First Leg Qualifier In Dakar

The Amavubi of Rwanda were supposed to host the Teranga Lions of Senegal on Tuesday, June 7, at Huye Stadium in Butare, Rwanda. But an inspection report from CAF officials indicated that the venue proved not ready yet to host the June qualifying fixtures. 

Consequently, Rwanda need to find alternate solution. And they will play their first leg tie of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Senegal in Dakar next week. This is to pave the way for renovation works which are underway at Huye Stadium. 

An amicable agreement was, however, reached between both countries’ football governing bodies that the African champions will host the first leg in Dakar. And the Teranga Lions will therefore travel to Huye to play the return leg in March next year.  

“The second match against Senegal due June 7 will be played in Dakar following mutual consent between Ferwafa and FSF.” Read a press statement released by local football governing body (Ferwafa) in part. 

“We wish to reiterate that Huye International Stadium will host future games. And Rwanda will not host any single home game outside the country.” The statement further reads. 

The newly appointed coach Carlos Alos Ferrer is hoping to qualify Rwanda to the 2023 AFCON for the second time in their history after making their first and only appearance in 2004 in Tunisia.

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