DR Congo at the FIFA World Cup

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DR Congo national football team (formerly the Zaire national football team) have appeared in the finals of the FIFA World Cup on one occasion in 1974 when they were known as Zaire. They were the first black African team to participate in a World Cup Finals.

World Cup Record[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1970 Did not enter
1974 Round 1 16 3 0 0 3 0 14
1978 to 1982 Did not qualify
1986 Did not enter
1990 to 2010 Did not qualify
Total 1/9(19) 3 0 0 3 0 14

Zaire at West Germany 1974[edit]

 Zaire[edit]

Head coach: Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Blagoje Vidinić

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 1GK Mwamba Kazadi (1947-03-06)6 March 1947 (aged 27) Zaire Mazembe Lubumbashi
2 2DF Ilunga Mwepu (1949-08-22)22 August 1949 (aged 24) Zaire Mazembe Lubumbashi
3 2DF Mwanza Mukombo (1945-12-17)17 December 1945 (aged 28) Zaire Mazembe Lubumbashi
4 2DF Tshimen Bwanga (1949-01-04)4 January 1949 (aged 25) Zaire Mazembe Lubumbashi
5 2DF Boba Lobilo (1950-04-10)10 April 1950 (aged 24) Zaire AS Vita Kinshasa
6 3MF Massamba Kilasu (1950-12-22)22 December 1950 (aged 23) Zaire FC Bilima
7 3MF Kamunda Tshinabu (1946-05-08)8 May 1946 (aged 28) Zaire Mazembe Lubumbashi
8 3MF Mambwene Mana (1947-10-10)10 October 1947 (aged 26) Zaire Imana Kinshasa
9 3MF Uba Kembo Kembo (1947-12-27)27 December 1947 (aged 26) Zaire AS Vita Kinshasa
10 3MF Mantantu Kidumu (1946-11-17)17 November 1946 (aged 27) Zaire Imana Kinshasa
11 2DF Babo Kabasu (1950-03-04)4 March 1950 (aged 24) Zaire FC Bilima
12 1GK Dimbi Tubilandu (1948-03-15)15 March 1948 (aged 26) Zaire AS Vita Kinshasa
13 3MF Mulamba Ndaye (1948-11-04)4 November 1948 (aged 25) Zaire AS Vita Kinshasa
14 4FW Adelard Mayanga Maku (1948-10-31)31 October 1948 (aged 25) Zaire AS Vita Kinshasa
15 3MF Mafu Kibonge (1945-02-12)12 February 1945 (aged 29) Zaire AS Vita Kinshasa
16 2DF Mialo Mwape (1951-12-30)30 December 1951 (aged 22) Zaire Nyiki Lubumbashi
17 3MF Kafula Ngoie (1945-11-11)11 November 1945 (aged 28) Zaire Mazembe Lubumbashi
18 4FW Mafuila Mavuba (1949-12-15)15 December 1949 (aged 24) Zaire AS Vita Kinshasa
19 4FW Ekofa Mbungu (1948-11-24)24 November 1948 (aged 25) Zaire Imana Kinshasa
20 4FW Kalala Ntumba (1949-01-07)7 January 1949 (aged 25) Zaire AS Vita Kinshasa
21 4FW Etepe Kakoko (1950-11-22)22 November 1950 (aged 23) Zaire Imana Kinshasa
22 1GK Otepa Kalambay (1948-11-12)12 November 1948 (aged 25) Zaire Mazembe Lubumbashi

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Yugoslavia 3 1 2 0 10 1 +9 4
 Brazil 3 1 2 0 3 0 +3 4
 Scotland 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 4
 Zaire 3 0 0 3 0 14 −14 0
14 June 1974
19:30 CET
Zaire  0 – 2  Scotland
Report Lorimer Goal 26'
Jordan Goal 34'

18 June 1974
19:30 CET
Yugoslavia  9 – 0  Zaire
Bajević Goal 8'30'81'
Džajić Goal 14'
Šurjak Goal 18'
Katalinski Goal 22'
Bogićević Goal 35'
Oblak Goal 61'
Petković Goal 65'
Report
Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Omar Delgado Gómez (Colombia)

22 June 1974
16:00 CET
Zaire  0 – 3  Brazil
Report Jairzinho Goal 12'
Rivelino Goal 66'
Valdomiro Goal 79'
Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Nicolae Rainea (Romania)