Algerian north-eastern city of Constantine could well become the new slaughter slab where the country’s national team hope to take their guests to, in a bid to relaunch their quest for the 2018 World Cup ticket.
Already, the country’s football authorities have announced their intention to move their 2018 World Cup qualifying home game against Zambia on September 5 to the Mohamed Hamlaoui Stadium in Constantine. Super Eagles last group match could as well be taken to Constantine. That comes up on November 8, 2017 when the temperature could be as low as between -3.9 to egrees celsius
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 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 last 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
Constantine is the capital of Constantine Province in north-eastern Algeria. During Roman times it was called Cirta and was renamed “Constantina” in honour of emperor Constantine the Great