Algeria to switch Zambia home qualifier from Blida to Constantine

Algeria to switch Zambia home qualifier from Blida to Constantine
Adlane Guedioura of Algeria challenges Mohamed Ben Amor of Tunisia during the Afcon Group B match between Algeria and Tunisia on the 19 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Jul 10, 2017. 19:00

Algeria intend on moving their home 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia on September 5 to the Mohamed Hamlaoui Stadium in Constantine, it was revealed this past weekend.

The Fennec Foxes and Chipololo will meet in a double header in Group B in the next two rounds of 2018 World Cup qualifying matches, with the teams first meeting in a Matchday 3 clash in Lusaka at the National Heroes Stadium on September 2.

Three days later they will meet in the return game in Constantine, rather than the expected venue of Mustapha Tchaker Stadium in Blida.

Kheireddine Zetchi of the Algerian FA confirmed the development in a press conference this past weekend: "We will play the first leg against Zambia on September 2 in Lusaka and three days later we will face Same team here in Algeria.

“We plan to organise the meeting in Constantine. This is a decision we made after a first delegation visited the city. I can even tell you that the report was very positive.”

Zetchi added, "Even the players are not against the idea of playing the encounter of Zambia in Constantine.

“Indeed, they want to discover new cities and perform in towns in the interior of the country. That's why we opted for the Constantine Stadium."

It was also confirmed that 32,000 tickets will be sold for the match against Zambia at the Mohamed Hamlaoui Stadium

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