Africans love sports. If sports infrastructure is somewhat lacking on the continent, Africa has, all the same, emblematic stadiums.
We start this list with the First National Bank Stadium which is the largest stadium on the African continent with a capacity of 94,700 seats. It hosted the African Cup of Nations in 1996 and the FIFA World Cup in 2010. Another milestone: it was at this stadium that Nelson Mandela's first major public appearance took place. It is also where the international and friendly matches of the South African team (Bafana Bafana) and the local and continental matches of Kaizer Chief FC take place.
Opened in 2001, this masterpiece located in Rades, is one of the stadiums used for the Mediterranean Games. Its surface area of 13,000 m² covers 60,000 seats and is made up of a central area, three adjoining grounds, two warm-up rooms, two scoreboards and an official stand with 7,000 seats.
3. Stade des Martyrs, DR Congo
The Martyrs Stadium, 80,000 seats and formerly the Kamanyola Stadium, is a national stadium located in Lingwala, Kinshasa. It is mainly used for football matches and has held many concerts and sports competitions. This is the stage for the Democratic Republic of Congo national team and the AS Vita and DC Motema Pembe club of the Democratic Republic of the Congo football championship.
4. Stade Alphonse Massamba Debat, Congo Brazza
This stadium, with a capacity of 33,000 seats, bears the name of Alphonse Massamba-Débat, former president of the Republic of Congo. It is home to the country's three clubs: CARA Brazzaville, l'Étoile du Congo and Patronage Sainte-Anne1.
5. Cairo International Stadium, Egypt
Cairo International Stadium, formerly called Nasser Stadium, is a multi-purpose Olympic stadium. It can accommodate up to 75,000 places. It is “the first standard Olympic facility worthy of the role played by Cairo, Egypt as a center of events in the region”: 1991 Pan-African Games, 2006 African Cup of Nations, Cup of 2006 Under-20 World Cup and 2019 African Cup of Nations.
6. National Stadium, Lagos
Lagos National Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium located in Surulere, Lagos State, Nigeria. It includes an Olympic-size swimming pool and a multi-purpose arena used for athletics, rugby, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, wrestling and boxing matches. It has hosted several international competitions including the 1973 African Games, the 1980 African Cup of Nations final, the 2000 African Cup of Nations final and qualifying matches for the FIFA.
7. Ahmadou Ahidjo, Cameroon
Built in 1972 in Yaounde and with a capacity of 40,122 seats, the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium hosts the matches of the Cameroon football team as well as those of the Canon Yaoundé. Its milestones are the African Cup of Nations in 1972, the African Athletics Championship in 1996 and the African Cup of Nations for Women in 2016.
8. Léopold Sedar Senghor, Senegal
Formerly called the Friendship Stadium by President Abdou Diouf in 1985, it was then renamed in 2001 to be called Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor. It has a capacity of 60,000 seats and has five categories of stands. In addition to football, athletics, volleyball, basketball, tennis, table tennis, fencing, gymnastics, Senegalese wrestling, boxing, karate, judo and taekwondo are also there. practice. It hosted the African Cup of Nations in 1992, the Dakar International Athletics Meeting since 2005 and the Junior African Cup of Nations in 2015.
9. Stade du 5 Juillet 1962, Algeria
The name of this stadium pays homage to the date of the proclamation of Algerian independence. It is within it that the first international tournament took place bringing together the Magrebine and Hungarian selection. It has also hosted the 1990 African Cup of Nations, the 2004 Pan-Arab Games of Algiers, the 2007 Pan-African Games of Algiers and the 2018 African Youth Games among others. It has a capacity of 85,000 seats.
10. Mohamed V, Morocco
Located in the city center and boasting magnificent architecture, the Mohamed V stadium often hosts the matches of the Moroccan national football team and those of the Raja Club Athletic and the Wydad Athletic Club. It has been the scene of memorable matches such as the Derby Casablanca, the Champions League first leg final in 2011 or the Champions League second leg final in 2017.
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