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
Top scorer Igor N`Ganga
Home stadium Stade de la Revolution
FIFA code CGO
FIFA ranking 61 Decrease 2 (18 December 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 48 (September 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 139 (April 1996)
Elo ranking 110
Highest Elo ranking 19 (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 players were called up to the squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification games against Nigeria on 15 November and Sudan on 19 November 2014.[2]
Caps and goals, updated on 15 October 2014 after the game against South Africa.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Chancel Massa (1985-08-28) 28 August 1985 (age 29) 10 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards
1GK Christoffer Mafoumbi (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 20) 2 0 France Le Pontet
1GK Pavelh Ndzila (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Republic of the Congo Étoile du Congo
2DF Francis N'Ganga (1985-06-16) 16 June 1985 (age 29) 29 1 Belgium Charleroi
2DF Igor N'Ganga (1987-04-14) 14 April 1987 (age 27) 10 0 Switzerland Aarau
2DF Boris Moubhibo (1988-10-25) 25 October 1988 (age 26) 8 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards
2DF Dimitri Bissiki (1991-03-17) 17 March 1991 (age 23) 7 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards
2DF Marvin Baudry (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 24) 5 0 France Amiens
2DF Arnold Bouka Moutou (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 26) 4 0 France Angers
2DF Bernard Itoua (1988-09-07) 7 September 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Greece Platanias
2DF Grâce Itoua (1995-04-12) 12 April 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Republic of the Congo Kondzo
3MF Delvin N'Dinga (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 26) 31 0 Greece Olympiacos
3MF Prince Oniangue (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 (age 26) 21 3 France Reims
3MF Césaire Gandzé (1989-03-06) 6 March 1989 (age 25) 15 1 Republic of the Congo Léopards
3MF Jusly Gitel Boukama-Kaya (1993-02-05) 5 February 1993 (age 21) 9 0 Angola Recreativo do Libolo
3MF Sagesse Babélé (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 21) 4 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards
3MF Hardy Binguila (1996-07-17) 17 July 1996 (age 18) 2 0 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs
4FW Ladislas Douniama (1986-05-24) 24 May 1986 (age 28) 23 4 France Guingamp
4FW Férébory Doré (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 25) 16 3 Romania CFR Cluj
4FW Dzon Delarge (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 24) 7 1 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec
4FW Francis Litsingi (1986-09-10) 10 September 1986 (age 28) 6 0 Czech Republic Teplice
4FW Thievy Bifouma (1992-05-13) 13 May 1992 (age 22) 5 2 Spain Almería
4FW Silvère Ganvoula M'boussy (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 18) 4 1 Republic of the Congo Patronage Sainte-Anne
4FW Kevin Koubemba (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 21) 1 0 France Lille
4FW Kader Bidimbou (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards
4FW Dominique Malonga (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Scotland Hibernian

Recent call-ups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Maël Lépicier (1986-01-14) 14 January 1986 (age 28) 15 0 Belgium Royal Antwerp v.  Rwanda, 2 August 2014
DF Atoni Mavoungou (1996-12-22) 22 December 1996 (age 17) 0 0 Republic of the Congo ACNFF v.  Namibia, 1 June 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 19) 0 0 Republic of the Congo ACNFF v.  Sudan, 10 September 2014
MF Saïra Issambet Gassama (1998-01-14) 14 January 1998 (age 16) 0 0 Republic of the Congo ACNFF v.  Sudan, 10 September 2014
MF Prestone Lakolo (1989-04-13) 13 April 1989 (age 25) 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
MF Chris Malonga (1987-07-11) 11 July 1987 (age 27) 17 2 Switzerland Lausanne v.  Namibia, 1 June 2014
FW Fabrice N'Guessi (1988-02-27) 27 February 1988 (age 26) 20 2 Morocco Wydad Casablanca v.  Rwanda, 2 August 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 28) 9 1 Republic of the Congo Léopards v.  Rwanda, 20 July 2014
FW Allan Kimbaloula (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Estonia Nõmme Kalju v.  Namibia, 1 June 2014

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://rsssf.com/tablesk/kong-intres.html
  2. ^ "CAN 2015/ Congo : Claude Leroy ramène sa liste à 26" (in French). africatopsports.com. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 

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