Sudan vs. Congo DR Preview

Sudan vs. Congo DR 2026 World Qualifiers Preview – Prediction, Team news, Lineups

The upcoming clash at the Martyrs of February Stadium presents an intense showdown between Sudan and Congo DR as both teams pursue crucial points in the Group of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Match Preview:

Sudan opened their World Cup qualification campaign with a 1-1 draw against Togo, missing out on a dream start despite Mohamed Eisa’s early penalty. This result halted a three-game losing streak, marking a decent return to form for the Secretarybirds.

However, Sudan’s recent performances have been inconsistent, with notable defeats against Mauritania and Congo DR in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Though their dreams of an AFCON appearance ended in disappointment, Thursday’s draw displayed resilience, marking an unbeaten run of four of their last five home games.

Congo DR, contrastingly, commenced their World Cup quest with a resounding 2-0 victory over Mauritania. This victory added to their successful AFCON qualifiers where they secured four wins in six matches, topping Group I.

Les Leopards have been in formidable form, clinching victory in each of their last five competitive matches, showcasing a formidable attacking prowess with 12 goals and four clean sheets since January’s Africa Nations Championship defeat against Senegal.

Despite Sudan’s desire to kickstart their campaign and Congo DR’s quest to continue their winning streak, history favors Congo DR, having won six of their last eight encounters since 1967.

Team News:

Sudan faces concerns with Ramadan Agab’s fitness after an injury against Togo, while Mohamed Eisa aims to lead the attack once again.

The defensive lineup may remain unchanged, featuring Bakhit Khamis, Mohamed Saeed, Mustafa Karshoum, and skipper Ramadan Agab.

Congo DR, buoyed by Yoane Wissa’s goal-scoring form, anticipates his continued contribution alongside Meschack Elia and Cederic Bakambu.

The defensive partnership of Henoc Baka and Chancel Mbemba is expected to remain solid.

Predicted Lineups:

Sudan Possible Starting Lineup:(4-5-1)


Khamis, Saeed, Karshoum, Zayed;

Hamed, Abuaagla, Adil, Mahmoud; Eisa,


Congo DR Possible Starting Lineup:(4-3-3)


Kalulu, Mbemba, Baka, Ditu;

Pickel, Moutoussamy, Kakuta;

Elia, Wissa, Bakambu


With Congo DR’s strong form, they’re anticipated to clinch a 2-0 victory over Sudan, continuing their dominance in this fixture.

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