Congo national football team

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Not to be confused with DR Congo national football team.
Congo
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Diables Rouges
(Red Devils)
Association Fédération Congolaise de Football
Sub-confederation UNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Claude Le Roy
Captain Oscar Ewolo
Home stadium Stade de la Revolution
FIFA code CGO
FIFA ranking 78 Increase 4 (14 August 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 57 (October 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking 139 (April 1996)
Elo ranking 110
Highest Elo ranking 37 (July 1972)
Lowest Elo ranking 133 (4 September 2011)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Ivory Coast 4–2 Congo Republic of the Congo
(February 1960)
Biggest win
 Congo 11–0 Chad 
(Congo; 28 March 1964)
Republic of the Congo Congo 11–0 São Tomé and Príncipe 
(Gabon; 7 July 1976)
Biggest defeat
 Malagasy Republic 8–1 Congo Republic of the Congo
(Madagascar; 18 April 1960)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 6 (First in 1968)
Best result Winners: 1972

The Congo national football team, nicknamed the Diables Rouges (Red Devils), is the national team of the Republic of the Congo and is controlled by the Fédération Congolaise de Football. They have never qualified for the World Cup, but did win the Africa Cup of Nations in 1972. They also won the All-Africa Games football tournament in 1965.

History[edit]

The Congo national football team made its first ever appearance in February 1960 in a friendly against the Ivory Coast which they lost 4–2.[1] On 13 April they defeated Reunion 4-1 in their first game to advance to the quarter-finals. In their quarter-final on 15 April they defeated the Ivory Coast 3-2. On 17 April they lost 5-4 to Cameroon and were beaten 8-1 by the host Madagascar in the third-place play-off on 19 April.

In April 1963 they entered another L'Amitié competition, this time in Senegal, and were drawn in a group with Tunisia, the Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mauritania. They lost their opener 2-0 to Tunisia on 13 April but beat the Ivory Coast 3-2 the next day. On 15 April they beat their neighbour Congo Kinshasa 2-1, and then Mauritania 11-0 two days later, but did not advance to the next round.

In July 1965 the Congo held the 1965 All-Africa Games and were drawn in a group with Mali, Uganda and Togo. They drew 1-1 with Mali on 18 July and beat Uganda 2-1 the next day. On 21 July they drew 1-1 against Togo but advanced through to the semi-finals, where they beat the Ivory Coast 1-0 on 23 July. On 25 July the Congo drew 0-0 versus Mali in the final, but won the tournament by having won ten corners in the final compared to Mali's one.

On 11 January 1967 the Congo played their first non-African opposition, defeating Romania 1-0 in a home friendly. On 19 February 1967 the Congo travelled to Tunisia for their first ever African Cup of Nations qualifier, drawing 1-1. On 2 August 1967 they hosted a qualifier against Cameroon, and defeated them 2-1 to top their qualifying group and advance to their first finals.

The finals were held in Ethiopia in January 1968 and the Congo were drawn in a group with their neighbour Zaire, Senegal and Ghana. They lost the opener to Zaire 3-0 on 12 January and two days later lost 2-1 to Senegal. On 16 January the Congo were defeated 3-1 by Ghana and were knocked out.

The Congo hosted a friendly against Romania for the second successive year on 16 June 1968 and won 4-2. On 30 July 1968 they played their first ever South American opposition, losing a home friendly 2-0 to Brazil.

In 1972, the Congo won their only African Cup of Nations title. Congo defeated host Cameroon in the semi-final 1-0 before beating Mali 3-2 to claim the championship. On that squad was arguably Congo's most famous player, François M'Pelé, who starred for PSG in the 1970s.

In qualification for the 1998 World Cup, the Congo came within a win of qualifying for the final tournament. However, after home wins over Zambia, DR Congo and South Africa, Congo lost their final match 1-0 away to South Africa and was eliminated.

Achievements[edit]

CEMAC Cup :
  • 1 Time Champion (2007)
UDEAC Championship :
  • 1 Time Champion (1990)
  • 2 Times Runners-up
Central African Games :
  • 2 Times Runners-up

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 22-man squad was selected by Kamel Djabour, for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Niger on 7 September 2013.

Caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2013.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Barel Mouko (1979-04-05) 5 April 1979 (age 35) 35 1 France Lille
16 1GK Christoffer Mafoumbi (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 20) 1 0 France Lens Youth
23 1GK Gildas Mouyabi-Kiyari (1981-10-29) 29 October 1981 (age 32) 3 0 Republic of the Congo Léopard
2 2DF Francis N'Ganga (1985-06-16) 16 June 1985 (age 29) 24 1 Belgium Charleroi
3 2DF Igor N'Ganga (1987-04-14) 14 April 1987 (age 27) 8 0 Switzerland Aarau
4 2DF Christopher Samba (1984-03-28) 28 March 1984 (age 30) 27 1 Russia Dynamo Moscow
12 2DF Dieudonné Childran Miangounina (1979-02-16) 16 February 1979 (age 35) 3 0 Republic of the Congo Léopard
19 2DF Destin Makita-Passy (1984-10-23) 23 October 1984 (age 29) 40 0 Republic of the Congo Léopard
20 2DF Herman Nkodia (1988-07-07) 7 July 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Republic of the Congo Léopard
22 2DF Boris Moubio (1988-10-25) 25 October 1988 (age 25) 2 1 Republic of the Congo Léopard
6 3MF Prestone Lakolo (1989-04-13) 13 April 1989 (age 25) 4 0 Republic of the Congo Léopard
7 3MF Oscar Ewolo (1978-10-09) 9 October 1978 (age 35) 32 1 France Laval
8 3MF Delvin N'Dinga (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 26) 24 0 Greece Olympiacos
13 3MF Hardy Binguila (1996-07-17) 17 July 1996 (age 18) 2 0 Republic of the Congo ACNFF
14 3MF Junior Makiesse (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Republic of the Congo Léopard
17 3MF Chris Malonga (1987-07-11) 11 July 1987 (age 27) 16 2 Portugal Vitória Guimarães
18 3MF Prince Oniangue (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 (age 25) 16 1 France Reims
21 3MF Julsy Boukama-Kaya (1993-02-05) 5 February 1993 (age 21) 4 0 Cameroon Coton Sport
9 4FW Férébory Doré (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 25) 8 0 Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv
10 4FW Ulrich Kapolongo (1989-07-31) 31 July 1989 (age 25) 3 1 Czech Republic Teplice
11 4FW Fabrice N'Guessi (1988-02-27) 27 February 1988 (age 26) 16 2 Morocco Wydad Casablanca
15 4FW Ladislas Douniama (1986-05-24) 24 May 1986 (age 28) 19 3 France Guingamp

Recent call-ups[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
5 2DF Maël Lépicier (1986-01-14) 14 January 1986 (age 28) 13 1 Unattached
12 2DF Dimitri Magnoléké Bissiki (1991-03-17) 17 March 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Republic of the Congo Léopard
20 2DF Ulrich Nzamba (1985-08-15) 15 August 1985 (age 29) 5 0 Republic of the Congo Léopard
4 3MF Amine Linganzi (1989-11-16) 16 November 1989 (age 24) 2 0 England Gillingham
14 3MF Césaire Gandzé (1989-03-06) 6 March 1989 (age 25) 9 0 Republic of the Congo Léopard
6 3MF David Louhoungou (1989-02-28) 28 February 1989 (age 25) 11 0 Algeria JSM Béjaïa
13 4FW Harris Tchilimbou (1988-11-11) 11 November 1988 (age 25) 12 1 Gabon Missile FC
10 4FW Matt Moussilou (1982-06-01) 1 June 1982 (age 32) 12 3 Tunisia Club Africain
22 4FW Dzon Delarge (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 24) 7 1 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec
20 4FW Lorry Nkolo (1991-06-22) 22 June 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs
12 4FW Lys Mouithys (1985-07-04) 4 July 1985 (age 29) 17 4 Turkey Ankaraspor
17 4FW Allan Kimbaloula (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Estonia Nõmme Kalju

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

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