In their effort to secure the venue for the Trophee des Champions (French Super Cup) in January next year, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is attempting to persuade the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP). Meanwhile, PSG and Toulouse are proposing to play the match in their respective cities.
Originally scheduled for last August in Thailand, the clash between Ligue 1 champions PSG and Coupe de France winners Toulouse for the Trophee des Champions was canceled due to the health issues of King Rama X's daughter. The LFP rescheduled the encounter for January 3, 2024, without immediately specifying the location.
After proposals from Qatar and Saudi Arabia were dismissed due to the current context, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, initially ruled out, has become a serious option, as reported by Le Parisien. Despite Vincent Labrune's initial rejection, the Congolese proposal is gaining credibility, given that the Stade des Martyrs de la Pentecote in Kinshasa, currently featuring synthetic turf, could have a hybrid pitch for the event.
However, according to the latest information from Le Parisien, PSG is now vying to host the match against Toulouse at the Parc des Princes. This is because the Stade de France cannot host football until September due to renovation work preceding the 2024 Olympic Games.
On the other hand, Toulouse, which had already offered to host the event after the cancellation in Thailand, has recently renewed its interest.
With just a month and a half until the encounter, time is pressing to organize and secure the event. While playing in Paris or Toulouse raises the question of impartiality, another French city seems to be the most logical and straightforward option for the LFP.