Sat 14 January 2023:
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune yesterday inaugurated the Nelson Mandela Stadium in the capital in the presence of FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Patrice Motsepe, president of the Confederation of African Football, and Mandla Mandela, the grandson of the South African leader.
According to the Anadolu Agency, the Algerian president was received by several officials, including the Chief of Staff of the Army, Said Chengriha, and the Governor of Algiers, Abdelnour Rabhi.
Nelson Mandela’s grandson and the Algerian president unveiled the inauguration banner at the stadium.
“There are important developments taking place across Algerian football, not least the opening of the Nelson Mandela Stadium, which is a fitting honour in memory of a great leader, and also a wonderful venue to host matches in the upcoming African Nations Championship,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
The inauguration ceremony of the 40,000-seater stadium took place a day in advance of the opening game of the African Nations Championship (CHAN), as the Nelson Mandela Stadium will also host the opening match as Algeria face Libya on 13 January, and it will also provide the venue for the final on 4 February.
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