The Atlas Lions will no longer go to Kinshasa to meet the Red Devils of Congo: FIFA has changed the venue

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Congo will soon face Niger (June 6) and Morocco (June 11), as part of the 3rd and 4th day of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. Not being able to host this meeting, Congo had first been forced to relocate the two matches to Kinshasa, in DR Congo, except that according to the latest news, the Red Devils will finally be able to play at home and for good reason, the Congo received, the day before yesterday, the approval of the Alphonse-Massamba-Débat Stadium, based in the capital Brazzaville. The lawn now meets international standards.

This authorization to play in their stadium is necessarily a big plus for the Congolese players, as well as for the supporters, who will no longer need to travel and who will be able to support their national team at home.

This is because the Stade Alphonse-Massamba-Débat, based in the capital Brazzaville, saw its renovation work – particularly on the pitch – end on May 31.

“We had this beautiful lawn of very good quality thanks to the President of the Republic. This stadium is made for our players for international matches. We are confident and we pray that we will now play our matches here since the pitch meets the required conditions well. We are in negotiations with FIFA and the opposing team so that the match on June 6 can be played here because we had a plan B, that of playing in Kinshasa. But as the work ended on time, we will officially inform them and invite them to come and play with us,” rejoiced Hugues Ngouélondélé, the Minister of Sports.

In Group E of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, Congo is currently bottom without a single point after the first two days (but only one match played due to Eritrea’s withdrawal), Isaac Ngata’s foals must win against Niger, then against the Atlas Lions.

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