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Africa’s Top Five Soccer Stadium by Crowd Capacity

5.

Stade Mohammed V Casablanca Morocco AC

Capacity: 67,000

Home Team: Morocco National Football Team, Raja CA, Wydad

Stade Mohamed V first opened as Stade Marcel-Cerdan, named in honor of arguably the best french boxer ever, Marcel Cerdan. Who began his fighting career in Africa. Initially, the stadium allowed up to 30000 spectators. A year after its inauguration on March 6, 1955, Stade Marcel-Cerdan changed its name to Stade d’Honneur. The name change was to commemorate Morocco’s independence. Twenty-six years later, the stadium had a second inauguration after being renovated in preparation for the 1983 Mediterranean Games. Also, the stadium adopted its current name. Stade Mohammed V, in honor of the  Moroccan king who helped them gain independence. The stadium is home to the Moroccan club’s Raja Casablanca and Wydad Casablanca. Stade Mohammed V has lots of history, having hosted the 1988 African Cup of Nations Final between Cameroon (1) and Nigeria (0).

4.

Cairo International Stadium, Cairo Egypt

Capacity: 75,000

Home Team: Egypt national football team, Al Ahly, Zamalek

The Cairo International Stadium is a multi-purpose facility initially referred to as Nasser Stadium, which opened in 1960.  The stadium capacity used to be 100,000, but the 1986 African Cup of Nations Final recorded a massive 120,000 crowd attendance. Renovations took place nineteen years later, in preparation to host the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations. Cairo International Stadium now accommodates 25,000 fewer fans since being converted to an all-seater stadium. Yet, it holds the second spot for the largest stadium in Egypt. 

The Egyptian National, Al Ahly, and Zamalek occasionally play matches at the Cairo International Stadium, but it isn’t home to either of them. Al Ahly and Zamalek SC are arguably the most successful clubs in the country; no wonder match attendance surpasses suggested stadium accommodation; as a matter of fact, Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) ranked Al-Ahly as African Club of the 20th Century.

3.

Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa DR Congo

Capacity: 80,000

Home Team: DR Congo National

Stade des Martyrs de la Pentecôte first opened its doors to the public as Kamanyola Stadium. Construction of the stadium began in 1988 and cost about 38 million to complete by 1993. Not to mention, it replaced Tata Raphaël Stadium (famous for hosting "The Rumble in the Jungle") as the county’s national stadiums.

 

The stadium had its inauguration within a year of its completion. The Leopards of Zaire took on Malawi Football Team in an African Cup of Nations match that ended in a 1-1 draw. Only three years later, the name changed to Stade des Martyrs.

 

The National Football Team and AS Vita Club’s home grounds are notorious for registering crowd attendance beyond capacity, exalting to 100 000. Also, for many years experts have referred to it as the cathedral of African football. But, In 2008, renovations took place to meets international standards costing 3 million dollars. That summer Congolese Football Association (FECOFA) installed synthetic turf on the playing area. 

2.

Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria Egypt

Capacity: 86,000

Home Team: Egypt National Football Team 

The Borg El Arab, also known as the Egyptian Army Stadium, first opened to the public in 2007. The first event hosted at the stadium was the opening match of the 2009 U-20 FIFA World Cup. On the day, 74,000 spectators saw Egypt rain victorious over Trinidad and Tobago in a 4-1 victory. Yet, the stadium set record attendance in a match between Egypt and Congo. In attendance were 75,000 fans who experienced history as Egyptian star Muhamad salah sent the team to their first World Cup Final in 27 years.

1.

FNB Stadium Johannesburg South Africa

Capacity: 94,736

Home Team: South Africa National Football team, Kaizer Chiefs FC

The largest stadium in Africa is home to one of the most popular teams globally, Kaizer Chiefs. For one thing, the club has dominated its domestic league since its formation in 1970 and earned global recognition. They are the most decorated in their league with over 50 trophies, having won 12 league titles. Four came in the Premier Soccer League era. The team has played most of its home games at FNB Stadium since the 2010/11 season. The stadium’s distinct look has earned it the nickname "Calabash" or "African Pot." The stadium is well known for iconic events such as Nelson Mandela’s first speech following his release from 27 years in prison. Of course, the football world will remember it as the stadium that hosted Africa’s first-ever World Cup match.

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