Mali to play Algeria in Burkina Faso

Mali to play Algeria in Burkina Faso

Published Jun. 5, 2012 11:48 a.m. ET

Mali's home World Cup qualifier against Algeria will be played in neighboring Burkina Faso after a coup forced FIFA to move it to a neutral venue.

FIFA and Burkina Faso's football federation say Sunday's Group H game has been switched from Bamako to the Burkinabe captital, Ouagadougou.

FIFA said the game couldn't go ahead in Mali, where there has been unrest since a military coup toppled the president of the West African country in March.

Last month, club teams from Nigeria and Egypt were stranded in Bamako when fighting broke out between the military junta and soldiers attempting a countercoup. Algeria requested FIFA move the game.


Mali slipped to a surprise loss in Benin in the opening round of group games in African qualifiers this weekend while Algeria beat Rwanda.