Algeria’s President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, has announced a new stadium being developed in a suburb of Algiers will be assigned to Mouloudia Club d’Alger (MCA) to mark the centenary of the Ligue Professionnelle 1 football club.

The state will retain ownership of the 40,000-capacity Stade de Douéra, but MCA, which celebrated its 100th birthday on Saturday, will operate and manage the venue.

“I have decided to put the management of the Douéra stadium at the disposal of the MCA so that the club does not remain without an official stadium of its own,” said Tebboune, according to Algerian news agency APS.

“The ownership of the Stade de Douéra remains with the state, however the management and its exploitation will be the responsibility of the MCA which deserves this sporting structure as a gift on the occasion of its centenary.”

MCA currently plays at the Stade du 5 Juillet 1962 (pictured), which it shares with a number of other clubs.

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