Congo dr national football team

DR Congo
Nickname(s) The Leopards
Association FECOFA
Sub-confederation UNIFFAC
(Central Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Captain Trésor Mputu
Home stadium Stade des Martyrs
FIFA code COD
FIFA ranking 87 Increase 4
Highest FIFA ranking 51 (September 2003)
Lowest FIFA ranking 133 (October 2011)
Elo ranking 97
Highest Elo ranking 20 (March 1974)
Lowest Elo ranking 111 (September 2010)
First colours
Second colours
First international
3–2 Northern Rhodesia 
(Belgian Congo; 1948)
Biggest win
10–1 Zambia 
(Kinshasa, Congo DR; 22 November 1969)
Biggest defeat
 Yugoslavia 9–0 Zaire Zaire
(Gelsenkirchen, Germany; 18 June 1974)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1974)
Best result First round, 1974
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 15 (First in 1965)
Best result Winners; 1968 & 1974

The Democratic Republic of the Congo national football team (formerly the Zaire national football team) is the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is controlled by the Fédération Congolaise de Football-Association (FECOFA). They are nicknamed the Leopards.

DR Congo have been ranked as high as 51 in the FIFA Rankings. As Zaire they were the first Sub-Saharan African team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup and twice won the Africa Cup of Nations.

History

Early history

The Fédération Congolaise de Football-Association (FECOFA) was founded in 1919 when the country was not independent. The team played their first game in 1948 as Belgian Congo against Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia. The team recorded a 3–2 victory at home. DR Congo has been FIFA affiliated since 1962 and has been a member of CAF since 1963. The team's first official match was on the 11 April 1963, against Mauritania in the L'Amitié Tournament played in Dakar, Senegal. DR Congo won the match 6–0.[1]

Glory period

The Democratic Republic of the Congo had its first international success at the 1968 African Cup of Nations held in Ethiopia, beating Ghana 1–0 in the final. The team's biggest ever win came on 22 November 1969 when they recorded a 10–1 home victory against Zambia. From 1971 to 1997 the country, and therefore the team, was known as Zaire. Their first game as Zaire was played in Cameroon against Sudan. Sudan won this game 3–0. Six years later Zaire won the 1974 African Cup of Nations in Egypt. The team recorded a 2–1 victory against Guinea, another 2–1 victory against rivals Congo and a 4–1 victory against Mauritius. These results carried Zaire through to the semi-finals where they beat hosts Egypt 3–2. In the final, Zaire drew with Zambia 2–2. Therefore the match was replayed two days later, where Zaire won the game 2–0. Zaire player Mulamba Ndaye was top scorer with nine goals, wehich remains a record for the tournament. After this, the team returned to Zaire on the Presidential plane, lent to them by Mobutu Sese Seko.

Zaire were the first Sub-Saharan African team to participate in a FIFA World Cup. At the 1974 FIFA World Cup Zaire did not manage to score any goals and lost all of its games. Their 9–0 defeat against Yugoslavia still remains a World Cup record. Facing a free-kick 25 yards out during the 1974 World Cup finals match against Brazil, defender Mwepu Ilunga, upon hearing the referee blow his whistle, ran out of the Zaire wall and kicked the ball upfield, for which he received a yellow card. This was voted the 17th greatest World Cup moment in a Channel 4 poll,[2] though many commentators held it to be an example of African football's "naïvety and indiscipline".[3] However, Ilunga has claimed that he was quite aware of the rules and was hoping to convince the referee to send him off. The intended red card would have been a protest against his country's authorities, who were alleged to be depriving the players of their earnings.[4]

Crisis period

After winning the 1974 African Cup of Nations and participating in the 1974 FIFA World Cup, the team did not get past the first round of the 1976 African Cup of Nations not recording a win in the group stages. Morocco went on to win the tournament. From 1978 to 1986, the country did not qualify for any other African Cup of Nations, while withdrawing from qualification for the 1978 FIFA World Cup. In the 1988 African Cup of Nations Zaire finished last in their group despite having 2 draws.

Return to success

From 1992 to 1996, Zaire, reached three consecutive African Cup of Nations quarter-finals. In 1992 and 1994 they were beaten by Nigeria, and in 1996 they were beaten by Ghana. In 1997, their name changed to DR Congo. DR Congo played their first game on the 8 June 1997 in Brazzaville which ended in a 1–0 victory for them. At the 1998 African Cup of Nations, DR Congo, led by Louis Watunda Iyolo took third place, beating hosts Burkina Faso 4–1 on penalties.

At the 2000 African Cup of Nations the team finished 3rd in their group, and in 2002 were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Senegal. Then in 2004 they were eliminated by 3 straight defeats in the group stages. And then in 2006, led by Claude Le Roy, having finished second in the group behind Cameroon, were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Egypt 4–1.

Recent history

DR Congo were drawn in group 10 for qualifications for the 2008 African Cup of Nations, along with Libya, Namibia and Ethiopia. On the penultimate day DR Congo led the group, but drew 1–1 with Libya and Namibia beat Ethiopia 3–2. This sent Namibia through to the Finals, and DR Congo finished in 2nd place. DR Congo also failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In 2009, DR Congo won the 2009 African Championship of Nations, a competition reserved to players in domestic leagues, beating Ghana in the final. DR Congo reached the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa but were knocked out in the group stages after drawing all three matches.

Current squad

The squad for 2014 World Cup Qualification match against Togo on September 8, 2013[5] Caps and goals updated as 8 September 2013, following the match against Togo.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kayinda Tshini 1 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Dragons
16 1GK Parfait Mandanda (1989-10-10) 10 October 1989 (age 24) 7 0 Belgium Charleroi
23 1GK Hervé Lomboto (1989-10-27) 27 October 1989 (age 24) 2 0 Vita Club
2 2DF Bobo Ungenda (1989-11-19) 19 November 1989 (age 24) 3 0 Motema Pembe
4 2DF Chancel Mbemba Mangulu (1994-08-08) 8 August 1994 (age 19) 4 0 Belgium Anderlecht
12 2DF Manitu Matondo (1992-09-03) 3 September 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Motema Pembe
18 2DF Patou Ebunga-Simbi (1983-08-06) 6 August 1983 (age 30) 11 1 Vita Club
21 2DF Cédric Mongongu (1989-06-22) 22 June 1989 (age 25) 21 0 France Évian
2DF Miala Nkulukutu (1982-09-06) 6 September 1982 (age 31) 24 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
2DF Kilitcho Kasusula (1986-08-05) 5 August 1986 (age 27) 22 0 Mazembe
2DF Joël Kimwaki (1986-10-14) 14 October 1986 (age 27) 22 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
6 3MF Cédric Makiadi (1984-02-23) 23 February 1984 (age 30) 18 2 Germany Werder Bremen
8 3MF Tychique Ntela (1987-12-12) 12 December 1987 (age 26) 1 0 Republic of the Congo AC Léopards
10 3MF Zola Matumona (1981-11-26) 26 November 1981 (age 32) 43 8 Angola Primeiro de Agosto
13 3MF Distel Zola (1989-02-05) 5 February 1989 (age 25) 7 0 France Le Havre
14 3MF Youssouf Mulumbu (1987-01-25) 25 January 1987 (age 27) 20 0 England West Bromwich Albion
15 3MF Mukoko Mayayi (1988-03-18) 18 March 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Motema Pembe
20 3MF Hervé Ndonga Mianga (1992-05-02) 2 May 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Mazembe
3 4FW Eric Bokanga (1988-10-09) 9 October 1988 (age 25) 7 1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
9 4FW Monzel Otey (1995-08-05) 5 August 1995 (age 18) 0 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Dragons
11 4FW Mbidi Mavuanga (1994-06-01) 1 June 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Motema Pembe
17 4FW Lelo Mbele (1987-08-10) 10 August 1987 (age 26) 13 1 Angola Petro Atlético
4FW Trésor Mputu (1985-12-10) 10 December 1985 (age 28) 42 14 Mazembe

Recent call-ups

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Muteba Kidiaba (1976-02-01) 1 February 1976 (age 38) 41 0 Mazembe
1GK Mulopo Kudimbana (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 27) 4 0 Belgium Oostende
2DF Gladys Bokese (1981-09-12) 12 September 1981 (age 32) 33 1 Unattached
2DF Christian Kinkela (1982-05-25) 25 May 1982 (age 32) 27 1 France Châteauroux
2DF Mpeko Issama (1986-03-03) 3 March 1986 (age 28) 24 2 Vita Club
2DF Larrys Mabiala (1987-10-08) 8 October 1987 (age 26) 12 0 Turkey Karabükspor
2DF Landry Mulemo (1986-09-17) 17 September 1986 (age 27) 9 0 Israel Beitar Jerusalem
2DF Thierry Kasereka (1988-07-02) 2 July 1988 (age 26) 3 0 Vita Club
2DF Litombo Bangala (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Motema Pembe
3MF Mutamba Milambo (1984-01-01) 1 January 1984 (age 30) 29 0 Angola Primeiro de Agosto
3MF Ngasanya Ilongo (1984-08-08) 8 August 1984 (age 29) 26 2 Mazembe
3MF Yves Diba Ilunga (1987-08-12)12 August 1987 (aged 25) 16 6 Qatar Al-Sailiya
3MF Mulota Kabangu (1985-12-03) 3 December 1985 (age 28) 9 3 Qatar Al-Ahli
3MF Diego Kazadi Mutombo (1989-07-06) 6 July 1989 (age 25) 9 0 Vita Club
3MF Lema Mabidi (1993-06-11) 11 June 1993 (age 21) 8 0 Vita Club
3MF Héritier Luvumbu (1988-11-26) 26 November 1988 (age 25) 4 0 Vita Club
3MF Toko Nzuzi (1990-12-20) 20 December 1990 (age 23) 4 0 Switzerland Grasshoppers
3MF Yannick Bolasie (1989-05-24) 24 May 1989 (age 25) 3 0 England Crystal Palace
3MF Kazenga LuaLua (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 (age 23) 0 0 England Brighton & Hove Albion
3MF Kisombe Mankutima (1992-10-10) 10 October 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Motema Pembe
4FW Lomana LuaLua (1980-12-28) 28 December 1980 (age 33) 32 7 Turkey Karabükspor
4FW Dioko Kaluyituka (1987-01-02) 2 January 1987 (age 27) 30 9 Qatar Al-Ahli
4FW Dieumerci Mbokani (1985-11-22) 22 November 1985 (age 28) 23 11 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
4FW Déo Kanda (1989-08-11) 11 August 1989 (age 24) 21 4 Morocco Raja Casablanca
4FW Ndombe Mubele (1992-04-17) 17 April 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Vita Club

Competition records

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D Lm,ll,l, GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to
England 1966
Did not enter
Mexico 1970 Entry not accepted[6]
West Germany 1974 Group Stage 16th 3 0 0 3 0 14
Argentina 1978 Withdrew
Spain 1982 Did not qualify
Mexico 1986 Did not enter
Italy 1990 to
Brazil 2014
Did not qualify
Russia 2018 To Be Determined
Qatar 2022
Total Group Stage 1/19 3 0 0 3 0 14

African Nations Cup

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 2
Appearances: 15
Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position
Sudan 1957 Did not enter Ethiopia 1976 Round 1 Tunisia 1994 Quarter Finals Equatorial GuineaGabon 2012 Did not qualify
Egypt 1959 Did not enter Ghana 1978 Did not enter South Africa 1996 Quarter Finals South Africa 2013 Round 1
Ethiopia 1962 Did not enter Nigeria 1980 Did not qualify Burkina Faso 1998 Third place Morocco 2015 To be determined
Ghana 1963 Did not enter Libya 1982 Did not qualify GhanaNigeria 2000 Round 1 Libya 2017 To be determined
Tunisia 1965 Round 1 Ivory Coast 1984 Withdrew Mali 2002 Quarter Finals
Ethiopia 1968 Champions Egypt 1986 Did not qualify Tunisia 2004 Round 1
Sudan 1970 Round 1 Morocco 1988 Round 1 Egypt 2006 Quarter Finals
Cameroon 1972 Fourth Place Algeria 1990 Did not qualify Ghana 2008 Did not qualify
Egypt 1974 Champions Senegal 1992 Quarter Finals Angola 2010 Did not qualify

List of coaches

Notes

References

External links

  • RSSSF archive of results
  • Leopardsfoot
  • Congolese football picture blog
  • News.Bbc.co.uk article
  • YouTube clip of Brazil free-kick incident.

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