Due to the postponement of upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifying matches by CAF for its region, African national teams are set to take part in friendly matches in June to advance preparations for when the important games start in September. The Senegalese national team will host two friendlies against Zambia and Cape Verde but the proposed hosting stadium, the Stade Lat-Dior in Thiès, has yet to be formally approved for hosting duties.
Senego reports on the indignant response of the country’s Minister of Sports, Matar Ba, to any suggestion that the stadium will not be ready. Ba talked down any concerns by indicating that it is only a matter of time until the stadium receives the proper approval and explained that the situation has been complicated because of the closure of the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor due to poor maintenance. Until the opening of the Stade du Senegal in February 2022, the Stade Lat-Dior will serve as the home stadium for Senegal in the interim.