The battle for the 2026 FIFA World Cup kicks off as Congo DR faces Mauritania at Stade des Martyrs in the Group B opener. Both teams, fresh from securing their spots in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, clash for the third time this year.
Congo DR concluded the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers triumphantly after an initial struggle. A streak of wins secured their return to the continental stage.
However, recent friendly draws indicate a need for improvement before their quest for a World Cup berth.
Mauritania, while facing a recent friendly defeat, displayed strength in the AFCON qualifiers. With a goal to secure their maiden World Cup spot, they aim to start their journey on a winning note against a formidable Congo DR.
The squad of Congo DR features seasoned players such as Chancel Mbemba and Cedric Bakambu.
Their midfield strength from players like Gael Kakuta and Edo Kayembe complements the attacking duo of Yoane Wissa and Bakambu.
Mauritania’s new call-up, Aboubakary Koita, adds attacking prowess alongside Pape Ibnou Ba. The team looks to exhibit resilience against the formidable Congo DR.
Kalulu, Mbemba, Amale, Bayeye;
Kayembe, Moutoussamy, Kakuta;
Elia, Wissa, Bakambu
Keita, Houbeib, El Abd, Abeid;
Mousine, Thiam, Camara, Tanjy;
Given Congo DR’s history of victories against Mauritania, a 2-0 win for the home side seems plausible, backed by their attacking prowess and experience.