Our prediction for this match:
Stade Olympique de Rades will host Friday’s friendly between DR Congo and Mali, the two teams who meet for the first time since February 2016. After failing to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, DR Congo suffered a 1-0 loss to Tunisia in their last warm-up game, meaning that they are low on spirits ahead of the Mali clash. All Ngoma, Mpoku, Kayamba, and Bolingi are pushing for a start.
Mali, on the other hand, qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations thanks to a 3-0 win over Chad. Les Aigles are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Rades, and given Congo’s anything but good form, away win should be considered. In their last meeting in a competitive match Congo defeated Mali 3-0, meaning that the nominal visitors are hungry for revenge. Talented attacker El Bilal Toure is widely expected to lead the line for Mali.
Highlighted Player (Christian Luyindama):
Christian Luyindama is a Congolese footballer who plays for Galatasaray in the Turkish Super Lig. Luyindama played for the likes of DCMP and Sanga Balende before starting his senior career at TP Mazembe.
The DR Congo international then moved to Belgian side Standard Liege, scoring 8 goals in 58 appearances for the club in the national championship. In 2019 he decided to take a step forward in his career as he signed a loan deal with Galatasaray. Luyindama, who was born in Kinshasa on January 8, 1994, eventually signed a permanent deal with the Turkish outfit.
Speaking of his international career, the 191-cm tall centre-back made his Congo DR debut in a 2-0 win over Botswana on June 5, 2017. Christian Luyindama represented his country at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, making three appearances for the Leopards at the showpiece tournament in Egypt.
Highlighted Team (Mali):
Mali are an African football team that have never participated at the World Cup finals. Les Aigles (the Eagles), though, did well to make it to the 1972 African Cup of Nations final, with the team facing Congo in the title game.
Mali suffered a 3-2 loss to Pierre Lechantre’s men back then, but that is regarded as the team’s biggest success. The Malian national football team play their home games in yellow shirts and yellow shorts, while the colour of the team’s away kit is white. Stade du 26 Mars is regarded as the home stadium of Mali and the capacity of the venue is 60,000. Les Aigles won the Amilcar Cabral Cup on three occasions (1989, 1997 and 2007) and they made it to the final of the tournament four times.
Frederic Kanoute is the most notable footballer who played for the Malian national team and the former Sevilla and Tottenham attacker scored 23 goals in 39 appearances for the Eagles.