Congo national football team
|Association||Fédération Congolaise de Football|
|Sub-confederation||UNIFFAC (Central Africa)|
|Head coach||Sébastien Migné|
|Home stadium||Stade Municipal de Kintélé|
|Current||84 6 (6 April 2017)|
|Highest||42 (September 2015)|
|Lowest||144 (September 2011)|
|Current||101 (29 March 2017)|
|Highest||37 (July 1972)|
|Lowest||133 (4 September 2011)|
| Ivory Coast 4–2 Congo
| Congo 11–0 Chad
(Congo; 28 March, 1964)
Congo 11–0 São Tomé and Príncipe
(Gabon; 7 July, 1976)
| Malagasy Republic 8–1 Congo
(Madagascar; 18 April, 1960)
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||7 (first in 1968)|
|Best result||Champions, 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 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.
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. 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.
- CEMAC Cup :
- 1 Time Champion (2007)
- UDEAC Championship :
- 1 Time Champion (1990)
- 2 Times Runners-up
- Central African Games :
- 2 Times Runners-up
World Cup record
- 1930 to 1962 – Did not enter
- 1966 – Entry not accepted by FIFA
- 1970 – Did not enter
- 1974 to 1978 – Did not qualify
- 1982 to 1990 – Did not enter
- 1994 to 2014 – Did not qualify
Africa Cup of Nations record
|Africa Cup of Nations Record|
|1970||Did Not Enter|
|1976||Did Not Qualify|
|1980||Did Not Qualify|
|1990||Did Not Enter|
|1994||Did Not Qualify|
|2002||Did Not Qualify|
|2017||Did Not Qualify|
Results and fixtures
The following players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Uganda on 12 November 2016.
Caps and goals updated as of 12 November 2016 after the game against Uganda.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Gildas Mouyabi||29 October 1981||7||0||Léopards|
|16||GK||Pavelh Ndzila||12 January 1995||2||0||Étoile du Congo|
|23||GK||Wolfrigon Ngobo||8 April 1990||2||0||Diables Noirs|
|2||DF||Béranger Itoua||9 May 1992||3||0||CARA|
|6||DF||Imouélé Ngampio||26 February 1998||2||0||JS Talangaï|
|4||DF||Boris Moubhio||25 October 1988||23||1||Léopards|
|15||DF||Ledon Epako||7 January 1992||1||0||Léopards|
|3||DF||Marvin Baudry||26 January 1990||21||0||Zulte Waregem|
|12||DF||Arnold Bouka Moutou||28 November 1988||16||0||Dijon|
|20||DF||Gloire Yila Dibata||25 April 1990||2||0||Léopards|
|5||MF||Carof Bakoua||9 September 1993||8||0||Léopards|
|17||MF||Kessel Tsiba||18 April 1992||4||0||Diables Noirs|
|8||MF||Dua Ankira||4 December 1994||6||0||Léopards|
|21||MF||Sagesse Babélé||13 February 1993||15||0||Khaleej|
|14||MF||Jordan Massengo||31 January 1990||7||2||Union SG|
|11||FW||Merveil Ndockyt||20 July 1996||7||0||Tirana|
|10||FW||Férébory Doré||21 January 1989||30||10||Angers|
|18||FW||Dzon Delarge||24 June 1990||10||1||Osmanlispor|
|7||FW||Ismaël Ankobo||13 October 1997||2||0||AS Kimbonguéla|
|19||FW||Silvère Ganvoula||22 June 1996||5||1||Westerlo|
|13||FW||Giovani Ipamy||27 September 1994||2||0||Étoile du Congo|
|9||FW||Prince Ibara||7 February 1996||4||0||CA Bizertin|
The following players were called up in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Christoffer Mafoumbi||3 March 1994||16||0||Free State Stars||v. Kenya, 4 June 2016|
|DF||Dimitri Bissiki||17 March 1991||24||0||Léopards||v. Zambia, 27 March 2016|
|DF||Clévid Dikamona||22 December 1996||2||0||Bourg-Péronnas||v. Kenya, 4 June 2016|
|DF||Francis N'Ganga||16 June 1985||38||3||Charleroi||v. Kenya, 4 June 2016|
|DF||Maël Lépicier||14 January 1986||20||0||SC Roeselare||v. Kenya, 4 June 2016|
|MF||Durel Avounou||25 September 1997||5||0||Caen||v. Morocco, 27 May 2016|
|MF||Prince Oniangué||4 November 1988||32||6||Wolverhampton Wanderers||v. Kenya, 4 June 2016|
|MF||Delvin N'Dinga||14 March 1988||44||1||Lokomotiv Moscow||v. Kenya, 4 June 2016|
|FW||Thievy Bifouma||13 May 1992||19||9||Étoile du Congo||v. Egypt, 9 October 2016|
|FW||Fabrice Ondama||27 February 1988||33||4||Wydad Casablanca||v. Egypt, 9 October 2016|
|FW||Dominique Malonga||8 January 1989||7||0||Pro Vercelli||v. Morocco, 27 May 2016|
|FW||Kévin Koubemba||23 March 1993||5||0||CSKA Sofia||v. Zambia, 27 March 2016|
|FW||Chris Malonga||11 July 1987||23||2||Stade Lavallois||v. Zambia, 27 March 2016|
- INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
- RET Player has retired from international football.
- DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
- SUS Suspended from the national team.
- PRE Preliminary Squad.
- Vasily Sokolov (1964–1965)
- Amoyen Bibanzulu (1972)
- Cicerone Manolache (1972–1974)
- Yvon Goujon (1986–1987)
- Noël Minga (1992–1993)
- David Memy (1997–1998)
- Alain Nestor Ngouinda (1998–1999)
- David Memy (1999–2000)
- Camille Ngakosso (2000)
- Gaston Tchangana (2001)
- Noël Minga (2001)
- Eugen Moldovan (2001–2002)
- Alain Nestor Ngouinda (2002)
- Claude Andrey (2002–2003)
- Jean-Paul Bernard (2003)
- Michel Hidalgo (2004)
- Christian Létard (2004–2005)
- Gaston Tchangana (2005–2006)
- Noël Tosi (2006–2007)
- Gaston Tchangana (2007–2008)
- Ivica Todorov (2008–2010)
- Robert Corfou (2010–2011)
- Camille Ngakosso (2011)
- Jean-Guy Wallemme (2011–2012)
- Kamel Djabour (2012–13)
- Claude Le Roy (2013–15)
- Pierre Lechantre (2016)
- Barthélémy Ngatsono (2016-17)
- Sébastien Migné (2017-)
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