Congo national football team

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Congo
Nickname(s)Diables Rouges
(Red Devils)
AssociationCongolese Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Head coachValdo Filho
CaptainPrince Oniangué
Most capsJonas Bahamboula (56)
Top scorerThievy Bifouma (15)
Home stadiumStade Municipal de Kintélé
FIFA codeCGO
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 90 Increase 2 (14 June 2019)[1]
Highest42 (September 2015)
Lowest144 (September 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 111 Decrease 3 (20 July 2019)[2]
Highest37 (July 1972)
Lowest133 (4 September 2011)
First international
 Ivory Coast 4–2 Congo 
(February 1960)
Biggest win
 Congo 11–0 Chad 
(Congo; 28 March 1964)
 Congo 11–0 São Tomé and Príncipe 
(Gabon; 7 July 1976)
Biggest defeat
 Malagasy Republic 8–1 Congo 
(Madagascar; 18 April 1960)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances7 (first in 1968)
Best resultChampions, 1972

The Congo national football team, nicknamed the Diables Rouges (red devils), is the national team of the Republic of the Congo and is run by the Congolese Football Federation. 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.[3] 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]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to Chile 1962 Did not enter Did not enter
England 1966 Entry not accepted by FIFA Entry not accepted by FIFA
Mexico 1970 Did not enter Did not enter
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 2
Argentina 1978 4 1 1 2 10 5
Spain 1982 to Italy 1990 Did not enter Did not enter
United States 1994 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 0 5
France 1998 8 4 2 2 8 6
South Korea Japan 2002 10 3 2 5 10 17
Germany 2006 12 4 2 6 12 15
South Africa 2010 6 3 0 3 7 8
Brazil 2014 8 4 3 1 13 4
Russia 2018 8 2 2 4 11 16
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total 0/21 62 21 13 28 74 78

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Part of  France
Egypt 1959
Played as  Congo-Brazzaville
Ethiopia 1962 Not affiliated to CAF
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965
Ethiopia 1968 Group stage 7th 3 0 0 3 2 8
Played as  People's Republic of the Congo
Sudan 1970 Did not enter
Cameroon 1972 Winners 1st 5 3 1 1 9 5
Egypt 1974 Fourth place 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
Played as  Republic of the Congo
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
Gabon 2017 Did not qualify
Egypt 2019
Cameroon 2021 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2023
Guinea 2025
Total 1 Title 7/32 26 7 8 11 27 37

African Games record[edit]

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
Republic of the Congo 1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nigeria 1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Algeria 1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya 1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Congon national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Results and fixtures[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Zimbabwe on 24 March 2019.[4][5]

Caps and goals updated as of 24 March 2019 after the game against Zimbabwe.[6]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Christoffer Mafoumbi (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 25) 17 0 England Blackpool
1GK Wolfrigon Mongondza (1990-04-08) 8 April 1990 (age 29) 3 0 Republic of the Congo Otôho
1GK Joé Ombandza (1998-04-09) 9 April 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Republic of the Congo La Mancha

2DF Magnoléké Bissiki (1991-03-17) 17 March 1991 (age 28) 35 0 Republic of the Congo Otôho
2DF Marvin Baudry (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 29) 34 3 Belgium Zulte Waregem
2DF Carof Bakoua (1993-09-09) 9 September 1993 (age 25) 14 1 Republic of the Congo Otôho
2DF Baron Kibamba (1998-03-23) 23 March 1998 (age 21) 12 0 Spain Linense
2DF Fernand Mayembo (1996-01-09) 9 January 1996 (age 23) 11 0 France Le Havre
2DF Ramaric Etou (1995-01-25) 25 January 1995 (age 24) 4 0 Israel Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla
2DF Hugo Konongo (1992-02-14) 14 February 1992 (age 27) 3 0 Bulgaria Cherno More
2DF Faitout Maouassa (1998-07-06) 6 July 1998 (age 21) 0 0 France Nimes

3MF Merveil Ndockyt (1996-07-20) 20 July 1996 (age 23) 17 1 Spain Mallorca
3MF Amour Loussoukou (1996-12-05) 5 December 1996 (age 22) 10 0 Tunisia Stade Tunisien
3MF Durel Avounou (1997-09-25) 25 September 1997 (age 21) 9 0 France Orléans
3MF Eden Massouema (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 22) 0 0 France Valenciennes
3MF Brunallergene Etou (1994-06-01) 1 June 1994 (age 25) 0 0 France Béziers

4FW Junior Makiesse (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 26) 18 2 Libya Al Ahli
4FW Prince Ibara (1996-02-07) 7 February 1996 (age 23) 8 2 Algeria USM Alger
4FW Dylan Bahamboula (1995-05-22) 22 May 1995 (age 24) 8 0 Romania Astra Giurgiu
4FW Bersyl Obassi (1996-03-29) 29 March 1996 (age 23) 7 0 Tunisia Stade Tunisien
4FW Dylan Saint-Louis (1995-04-26) 26 April 1995 (age 24) 6 1 France Paris FC
4FW Ulrich Kapolongo (1989-07-31) 31 July 1989 (age 29) 4 1 Republic of the Congo Otôho
4FW Guy Mbenza (2000-04-01) 1 April 2000 (age 19) 2 0 Tunisia Stade Tunisien
4FW Mavis Tchibota (1996-05-07) 7 May 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets
4FW Cabwey Kivutuka (1998-02-07) 7 February 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Republic of the Congo CARA

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players were called up for Congo in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Chancel Massa (1983-01-24) 24 January 1983 (age 36) 18 0 Republic of the Congo CARA v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2019 PRE
GK Pavelh Ndzila (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 24) 3 0 Republic of the Congo Étoile du Congo v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2019 PRE

DF Faria Ondongo (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Republic of the Congo Otôho v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2019 PRE
DF Elie Ikouma 0 0 Republic of the Congo CARA v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2019 PRE
DF Béranger Itoua (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 27) 9 0 Republic of the Congo Otôho v.  DR Congo, 18 November 2018
DF Varel Rozan (1994-09-09) 9 September 1994 (age 24) 7 0 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs v.  DR Congo, 18 November 2018
DF Theorold Saboukoulou (1999-06-02) 2 June 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs v.  Liberia, 16 October 2018
DF Vivien Louembe (1990-08-20) 20 August 1990 (age 28) 0 0 Republic of the Congo La Mancha v.  Zimbabwe, 9 September 2018

MF Delvin N'Dinga RET (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 31) 54 1 Turkey Sivasspor v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2019
MF Prince Oniangué RET (Captain) (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 (age 30) 44 9 France Caen v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2019
MF Fred Ngoma (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Republic of the Congo La Mancha v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2019 PRE
MF Harvy Ossété (1999-08-18) 18 August 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2019 PRE
MF Onivercien Ngoma 0 0 Republic of the Congo Vita Mokanda v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2019 PRE
MF Alexandre Obambot (1999-02-14) 14 February 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Caronnese v.  DR Congo, 18 November 2018
MF Garcia Nkouka (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 25) 2 0 Republic of the Congo Otôho v.  Liberia, 16 October 2018
MF Prestige Mboungou (2000-07-10) 10 July 2000 (age 19) 8 0 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs v.  Zimbabwe, 9 September 2018

FW Matheus Botamba (1993-01-14) 14 January 1993 (age 26) 5 0 Republic of the Congo Otôho v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2019 PRE
FW Béni Makouana (2002-09-28) 28 September 2002 (age 16) 1 0 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2019 PRE
FW Teddy Membo 0 0 Republic of the Congo Vita Mokanda v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2019 PRE
FW Yann Mokombo 0 0 Republic of the Congo Étoile du Congo v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2019 PRE
FW Edo Molodi 0 0 Republic of the Congo Vita Mokanda v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2019 PRE
FW Oxy Makouala 0 0 Republic of the Congo JST v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2019 PRE
FW Thievy Bifouma (1992-05-13) 13 May 1992 (age 27) 31 15 Turkey Yeni Malatyaspor v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2019 INJ
FW Christopher Maboulou (1990-03-19) 19 March 1990 (age 29) 0 0 France Nancy v.  DR Congo, 18 November 2018
FW Dzon Delarge (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 29) 14 1 Azerbaijan Qarabağ v.  Liberia, 16 October 2018
FW Silvère Ganvoula (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 23) 6 1 Germany VfL Bochum v.  Zimbabwe, 9 September 2018
FW Guy Mbenza (2000-01-04) 4 January 2000 (age 19) 1 0 Republic of the Congo La Mancha v.  Zimbabwe, 9 September 2018

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

Records[edit]

As of 28 March 2019
Players in bold text are still active with Congo.

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 20 July 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Congo (Brazzaville) - List of International Matches". rsssf.com. Rec. Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  4. ^ "CAN 2019-Congo : la présélection contre le Zimbabwe avec Bifouma" (in French). afrik-foot.
  5. ^ http://www.afrik-foot.com/can-2019-maouassa-recale-le-congo
  6. ^ "Congo".
  7. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Congo-Brazzaville – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 March 2018.

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