Étoile du Congo

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Étoile du Congo
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Full name Étoile du Congo
Ground Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat
Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
Ground Capacity 25,000
Chairman Réné Blanchard Oba
Manager Republic of the Congo Benoît Kokolo
League Congo Premier League
2013 8th

Étoile du Congo is a Congolese football club based in Brazzaville.[1]

History[edit]

L’Etoile du Congo started as a team in the Fédération Athlétique Congolaise (FAC), a league run by Catholic missionaries in the Belgian Congo. The church provided clothes and shoes and the team was required to attend mass. The team, known at the time as Renaissance, won the Brazzaville city championship each year from 1945–50 led by team-captain Dominique Sombo. They played at Eboué stadium, which was owned by the mission.[2]

Controversy[edit]

The players, being colonized, were not compensate at all for their efforts. The mission would collect money at the gates, and did not pay for medical treatment or transport to games. In 1951, the players decided to write to the Director of Social Services to request to leave the mission and to be sponsored by a cultural center. After threatening to boycott colonial administrators assuaged their demands to avoid popular outcry. Renaissance won another city championship and independence from the FAC. To celebrate their new autonomy, the team changed their name to L’Etoile, in respect to a star Brazzaville team from the 1930s. The name Renaissance was given to reserve team of younger players.[2]

Honours[edit]

1968, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2006.
1983, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2006.
  • Brazzaville City Championships[2]: 6
1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951
  • Supercoupe du Congo de Foot-ball: 0

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

2001 - Second Round
2002 - Second Round
2007 - Second Round
2007 - Second Round of 16
2015 - Preliminary Round
1992 - Second Round
1996 - First Round
2000 - Quarter-finals
2003 - Second Round

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
5 Republic of the Congo DF Roland Abomby
11 Republic of the Congo MF Gael Lebally-Gassilat
14 Republic of the Congo MF Renaud Okakas-Otolo
16 Republic of the Congo GK Gildas Mouyabi-Kiyari
No. Position Player
17 Republic of the Congo FW Jonathan Mbou
19 Republic of the Congo DF Lansara Camara
23 Republic of the Congo MF Fredy Wilfrid Ololo-Iloki
27 Republic of the Congo DF Herman Nkodia

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Frank Clark (2012). Historical Dictionary of Republic of the Congo. Scarecrow Press. pp. 159–. ISBN 978-0-8108-4919-8. Retrieved 1 August 2013. Étoile du Congo is one of Congo's two great, historic football (soccer) teams. Founded as a club called “Renaissance” in the 1940s, the club took its current name in 1950. Based in the Poto-Poto district, it won the Brazzaville city champions ... 
  2. ^ a b c Phyllis, Martin (2002). Leisure and Society in Colonial Brazzaville. Cambridge University Press. pp. 114–116. ISBN 0521524466.