In attendance for the inauguration of the multi-purpose stadium is Congolese President, Denis Sassou Nguesso.
‘Les Diables Rouges’ will also travel to Bissau to face Guinea Bissau in a similar exercise.
The second part of the inauguration of the Kintele Sports Complex continues on Wednesday, 2 September 2015 with a historic game between former players of the Congo national team (early 90’s until 2006) against their Italian counterparts.
Featuring for the Congolese are 1972 Africa Cup of Nations winner Jonas Bahamboula ‘Mbemba Tostao’ and the quartet of Ange Ngapy, Francois Makita, Celestin Mouyabi and Pierre Tchibota-Zaou, all members of ‘Les Diables Rouges’ that reached the quarters at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal.
Notable faces in the Italian side include 2006 FIFA World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro, and teammates Gianluca Zambrotta and Simone Barone, not forgetting top scorer at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Salvatore ‘Toto’ Schillaci.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the quadrennial games, the Congolese Government has injected more than 400 billion Francs CFA into the construction of facilities of international standards towards a successful event.
The construction of the Kintele Sports Complex lasted 28 months.
Congo squad: Ghislain Tchiamas, Serda Endzoua, Bongo Kale, Celestin Mouyabi, Jonas Bahamboula ‘Mbemba Tostao’, François Makita, Didier Bonazebi, Ange Ngapy, Pierre Tchibota-Zaou, Tsoumou Mbele, Mombo Mokolo, Mbemba Lobilo, Simplice Owomat, Willy Endzanga, Barthelemy Ngatsono, N’Kéoua Sylvestre
Italy team: Marco Ballotta, Simone Barone, Antonio Benarrivo, Fabio Cannavaro, Christian Manfredini, Dario Marcolin, Paolo Negro, Massimo Paganin, Simone Perrotta, Fabrizio Ravanelli, Salvatore ‘Toto’ Schillaci, Andrea Silenzi, Stefano Tacconi, Damiano Tommasi, Max Tonetto, Moreno Torricelli and Gianluca Zambrotta.