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 Prince Oniangué
Home stadium Stade de la Revolution
FIFA code CGO
FIFA ranking 49 Increase 3 (9 April 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 48 (September 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 139 (April 1996)
Elo ranking 96
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]

Africa Cup of Nations Record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Ethiopia 1968 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 2 8
Sudan 1970 Did Not Enter
Cameroon 1972 Winners 1st 5 3 1 1 9 5
Egypt 1974 Semi-Finals 4th 5 2 1 2 7 10
Ethiopia 1976 Did Not Qualify
Ghana 1978 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 1 4
Nigeria 1980 Did Not Qualify
Libya 1982
Ivory Coast 1984
Egypt 1986
Morocco 1988
Algeria 1990 Did Not Enter
Senegal 1992 Quarter-Finals 5th 3 0 2 1 2 3
Tunisia 1994 Did Not Qualify
South Africa 1996
Burkina Faso 1998
Ghana Nigeria 2000 Group Stage 11th 3 0 2 1 0 1
Mali 2002 Did Not Qualify
Tunisia 2004
Egypt 2006
Ghana 2008
Angola 2010
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012
South Africa 2013
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Quarter-Finals 5th 4 2 1 1 6 6
2017 TBD
Cameroon 2019
Ivory Coast 2021
Guinea 2023

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming seasons.

2015

Current squad[edit]

The final squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations was announced on 7 January 2015.[2]

Caps and goals, updated on 31 January 2015 after the game against Congo DR.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Christoffer Mafoumbi (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 21) 8 0 France Le Pontet
16 1GK Chancel Massa (1985-08-28) 28 August 1985 (age 29) 12 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards
22 1GK Pavelh Ndzila (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Republic of the Congo Étoile du Congo
2 2DF Francis N'Ganga (1985-06-16) 16 June 1985 (age 29) 34 2 Belgium Charleroi
3 2DF Igor N'Ganga (1987-04-14) 14 April 1987 (age 28) 13 0 Switzerland Aarau
4 2DF Boris Moubhibo (1988-10-25) 25 October 1988 (age 26) 19 1 Republic of the Congo Léopards
5 2DF Arnold Bouka Moutou (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 26) 10 0 France Angers
6 2DF Dimitri Bissiki (1991-03-17) 17 March 1991 (age 24) 16 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards
18 2DF Marvin Baudry (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 25) 11 0 France Amiens
23 2DF Atoni Mavoungou (1996-12-22) 22 December 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Republic of the Congo ACNFF
7 3MF Prince Oniangué (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 (age 26) 28 5 France Reims
8 3MF Delvin N'Dinga (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 27) 38 0 Greece Olympiacos
14 3MF Césaire Gandzé (1989-03-06) 6 March 1989 (age 26) 23 1 Republic of the Congo Léopards
17 3MF Chris Malonga (1987-07-11) 11 July 1987 (age 27) 19 2 Switzerland Lausanne
20 3MF Hardy Binguila (1996-07-17) 17 July 1996 (age 18) 7 1 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs
21 3MF Sagesse Babélé (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 22) 9 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards
9 4FW Silvère Ganvoula M'boussy (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 18) 4 1 Republic of the Congo Patronage Sainte-Anne
10 4FW Férébory Doré (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 26) 23 4 Romania CFR Cluj
11 4FW Fabrice N'Guessi (1988-02-27) 27 February 1988 (age 27) 24 3 Morocco Wydad Casablanca
12 4FW Francis Litsingi (1986-09-10) 10 September 1986 (age 28) 9 0 Czech Republic Teplice
13 4FW Thievy Bifouma (1992-05-13) 13 May 1992 (age 22) 12 6 Spain Almería
15 4FW Ladislas Douniama (1986-05-24) 24 May 1986 (age 28) 28 4 France Guingamp
19 4FW Dominique Malonga (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 26) 4 0 Scotland Hibernian

Recent call-ups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Bernard Itoua (1988-09-07) 7 September 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Greece Platanias v.  Sudan, 19 November 2014
DF Grâce Itoua (1995-04-12) 12 April 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Republic of the Congo Kondzo v.  Sudan, 19 November 2014
DF Maël Lépicier (1986-01-14) 14 January 1986 (age 29) 15 0 Belgium Royal Antwerp v.  Rwanda, 2 August 2014
MF Scott Bitsindou (1996-05-11) 11 May 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Belgium Anderlecht 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, preliminary squad
MF Christopher Maboulou (1990-03-19) 19 March 1990 (age 25) 0 0 France Bastia 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, preliminary squad
MF Jordan Massengo (1990-01-31) 31 January 1990 (age 25) 0 0 Belgium Mons 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, preliminary squad
MF Jusly Gitel Boukama-Kaya (1993-02-05) 5 February 1993 (age 22) 9 0 Angola Recreativo do Libolo v.  Sudan, 19 November 2014
MF Junior Makiesse (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards v.  South Africa, 15 October 2014
MF Noël Mokouka (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Republic of the Congo ACNFF v.  Sudan, 10 September 2014
MF Saïra Issambet Gassama (1998-01-14) 14 January 1998 (age 17) 0 0 Republic of the Congo ACNFF v.  Sudan, 10 September 2014
MF Prestone Lakolo (1989-04-13) 13 April 1989 (age 26) 3 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards v.  Rwanda, 2 August 2014
MF Junior Loussoukou Ngouala (1996-12-05) 5 December 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Republic of the Congo ACNFF v.  Namibia, 1 June 2014
FW Dzon Delarge (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 24) 8 1 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec v.  Sudan, 19 November 2014
FW Kevin Koubemba (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 22) 1 0 France Lille v.  Sudan, 19 November 2014
FW Kader Bidimbou (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards v.  Sudan, 19 November 2014
FW Lorry Nkolo (1991-06-22) 22 June 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs v.  Rwanda, 2 August 2014
FW Rudy Ndey (1986-03-09) 9 March 1986 (age 29) 9 1 Republic of the Congo Léopards v.  Rwanda, 20 July 2014
FW Allan Kimbaloula (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Estonia Nõmme Kalju v.  Namibia, 1 June 2014

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://rsssf.com/tablesk/kong-intres.html
  2. ^ "Avec Oniangue, sans Maboulou" (in French). francefootball.fr. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 

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