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CAN 2017 qualifiers: Mauritania vs Gambia to be played in Senegal

Dec 30, 2015, 10:45 AM

Stade Mawade Wade of Saint-Louis in Northern Senegal is topping the possibilities of hosting Mauritania home game against The Gambia in the 3rd game of the 2017 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers.

Saint-Louis has been the target by the Mauritanian Football Federation (FFRIM) who are facing a venue dilemma after Nouakchott Olympic Stadium was closed for renovation, and will not be ready before March 2016 to host the crucial encounter.

According to the president of Mauritania Football Federation, Ahmed Yahya, they are now studying the best opportunities available; in case they could not build removable pavilions at the Stadium Cheikha of Nouakchott, the only option for them to play in Mauritania after the unavailability of the Olympic Stadium.

According to Mr Yahya, the Cheikha Stadium, situated few meters from the Federation headquarters, is not in good condition to host international games of this magnitude and the only option for them to play close to home oil, which is in Saint-Louis.

However FFRIM is waiting for a reaction from the sports authorities of Saint-Louis on the proposal.

Mawade Wade stadium, home of Linguere FC of Saint-Louis and Ndar Guedj FC, recently hosted the WAFU Zone A football Championship, in which The Gambia U-20 played in the finals against hosts Senegal.