Why DR Congo's biggest stadium risks closure
Why DR Congo's biggest stadium risks closure

Why DR Congo's biggest stadium risks closure

The Democratic Republic of Congo's biggest stadium risks closure by CAF unless it's revamped to meet international standards, a CAF official has said. 

The Kinshasa's Stade De Maryrs state does not meet minimum CAF and FIFA standards and it, therefore, van not host 2022 World Cup qualifying matches. 

On February 2, CAF announced that a team led by CAf Legends will inspect sporting infrastructure ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying matches to ensure that matches are hosted in facilities that meet international standards particularly for the safety and security players, officials and fans.

On Thursday, Constant Omari, the president of Congolese Football Federation (Fecofa) announced that the country's biggest stadium will be shut down if not urgent renovation measures are undertaken.

Uncooperative political leadership

"I inform you that the Martyrs stadium among three stadiums to be closed by CAF. Unfortunately, the Congolese government doesn't care about the development of football. The playing enclosure is not in good condition, the turf has become too hard," he said.

Omari, who also serves as the the second vice president of CAF, accused the country's political leadership of blocking the rehabilitation of the stadium. He said DR Congo risked playing their AFCON and World Cup qualifiers away from the capital city.


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