Congo national football team

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Congo
Nickname(s) Diables Rouges
(Red Devils)
Association Fédération Congolaise de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation UNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Head coach Valdo Filho
Captain Prince Oniangué
Most caps Jonas Bahamboula (56)
Top scorer Thievy Bifouma, Jonas Bahamboula (13)
Home stadium Stade Municipal de Kintélé
FIFA code CGO
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 84 Decrease 1 (20 September 2018)
Highest 42 (September 2015)
Lowest 144 (September 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 108 Increase 3 (20 August 2018)
Highest 37 (July 1972)
Lowest 133 (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
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.

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]

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
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 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
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
Cameroon 2019 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2021
Guinea 2023
Total 1 Title 7/31 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]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group G match against Zimbabwe on 9 September, 2018.[2]
Caps and goals updated as of 9 September 2018 after the game against Zimbabwe.[3]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Chancel Massa (1983-01-24) 24 January 1983 (age 35) 13 0 Republic of the Congo CARA
1GK Giscard Mavoungou Unknown 0 0 Republic of the Congo Cheminots
1GK Pavelh Ndzila (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 23) 3 0 Republic of the Congo Étoile du Congo

2DF Carof Bakoua (1993-09-09) 9 September 1993 (age 25) 12 1 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs
2DF Marvin Baudry (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 28) 27 1 Belgium Zulte Waregem
2DF Dimitri Bissiki (1991-03-17) 17 March 1991 (age 27) 31 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards
2DF Baron Kibamba (1998-03-23) 23 March 1998 (age 20) 9 0 Spain Linense
2DF Vivien Louembe (1990-08-20) 20 August 1990 (age 28) 0 0 Republic of the Congo La Mancha
2DF Fernand Mayembo (1996-01-09) 9 January 1996 (age 22) 6 0 France Le Havre
2DF Varel Rozan (1994-09-09) 9 September 1994 (age 24) 7 0 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs
2DF Theorold Saboukoulou (1999-06-02) 2 June 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs

3MF Amour Loussoukou (1996-12-05) 5 December 1996 (age 21) 6 0 Tunisia Stade Tunisien
4FW Prestige Mboungou (2000-07-10) 10 July 2000 (age 18) 8 0 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs
3MF Merveil Ndockyt (1998-07-20) 20 July 1998 (age 20) 10 0 Spain Mallorca
3MF Garcia Nkouka (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Republic of the Congo Otôho
3MF Harvy Ossete (1999-08-18) 18 August 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs

4FW Thievy Bifouma (1992-05-13) 13 May 1992 (age 26) 27 12 Turkey Sivasspor
4FW Matheus Botamba (1993-01-14) 14 January 1993 (age 25) 5 0 Republic of the Congo Otôho
4FW Dzon Delarge (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 28) 14 1 Azerbaijan Qarabağ
4FW Silvère Ganvoula (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 22) 6 1 Germany Bochum
4FW Junior Makiesse (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 25) 13 2 Libya Al Ahli
4FW Béni Makouana (2002-09-28) 28 September 2002 (age 15) 0 0 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs
4FW Guy Mbenza (2000-01-04) 4 January 2000 (age 18) 1 0 Republic of the Congo La Mancha
4FW Bersyl Obassi (1996-03-29) 29 March 1996 (age 22) 7 0 Republic of the Congo Otôho

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 Christoffer Mafoumbi (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 24) 17 0 England Blackpool v.  Guinea-Bissau, 25 March 2018
GK Will-Cesaire Matimbou (2000-02-11) 11 February 2000 (age 18) 0 0 France PSG U19 v.  Guinea-Bissau, 25 March 2018
GK Barel Mouko (1979-04-05) 5 April 1979 (age 39) 51 1 Democratic Republic of the Congo DCMP 2018 African Nations Championship
GK Perrauld Ndinga (1999-05-08) 8 May 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Republic of the Congo Patronage v.  Guinea-Bissau, 25 March 2018

DF Tobias Badila (1993-05-12) 12 May 1993 (age 25) 6 0 France Nancy v.  Guinea-Bissau, 25 March 2018
DF Arnold Bouka Moutou (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 29) 19 1 France Dijon v.  Guinea-Bissau, 25 March 2018
DF Ramaric Etou (1995-01-25) 25 January 1995 (age 23) 2 0 Israel Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla v.  Guinea-Bissau, 25 March 2018
DF Junior Ibouanga Moulys (1990-12-26) 26 December 1990 (age 27) 0 0 Republic of the Congo La Mancha 2018 African Nations Championship
DF Vladis-Emmerson Illoy-Ayyet (1995-10-07) 7 October 1995 (age 22) 1 1 Denmark Vejle v.  Egypt, 8 October 2017
DF Béranger Itoua (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 26) 9 0 Republic of the Congo Otôho 2018 African Nations Championship
DF Samy Farnese Mampembe (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards 2018 African Nations Championship
DF Faria Ondongo (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Republic of the Congo Otôho 2018 African Nations Championship
DF Julfin Ondongo (1990-03-23) 23 March 1990 (age 28) 1 0 Republic of the Congo Otôho 2018 African Nations Championship

MF Durel Avounou (1997-09-25) 25 September 1997 (age 20) 8 0 France Orléans v.  Guinea-Bissau, 25 March 2018
MF Stanislas Dua Ankira PRE (1994-12-04) 4 December 1994 (age 23) 9 0 Republic of the Congo CARA 2018 African Nations Championship
MF Césaire Gandzé (1989-03-06) 6 March 1989 (age 29) 34 1 South Africa Free State Stars 2018 African Nations Championship
MF Prestone Lakolo (1989-04-13) 13 April 1989 (age 29) 14 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards 2018 African Nations Championship
MF Chardin Madila (1990-04-15) 15 April 1990 (age 28) 6 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards 2018 African Nations Championship
MF Jordan Massengo (1990-01-31) 31 January 1990 (age 28) 8 2 Free agent v.  Guinea-Bissau, 25 March 2018
MF Delvin N'Dinga INJ (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 30) 50 1 Turkey Sivasspor v.  Guinea-Bissau, 25 March 2018
MF Fred Duval Ngoma (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Republic of the Congo La Mancha 2018 African Nations Championship
MF Prince Oniangué INJ (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 (age 29) 37 6 France Caen v.  Guinea-Bissau, 25 March 2018
MF Yves Pambou (1995-11-27) 27 November 1995 (age 22) 3 0 Israel Petah Tikva v.  Guinea-Bissau, 25 March 2018

FW Dylan Bahamboula (1995-05-22) 22 May 1995 (age 23) 6 0 Romania Astra Giurgiu v.  Guinea-Bissau, 25 March 2018
FW Kader Bidimbou (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 22) 7 1 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs 2018 African Nations Championship
FW Férébory Doré (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 29) 35 10 France Clermont v.  Uganda, 12 November 2017
FW Saïra Issambet PRE (1998-01-14) 14 January 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Republic of the Congo Étoile du Congo 2018 African Nations Championship
FW Rahavi Kifouéti (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 29) 2 0 Cyprus Doxa Katokopias v.  Uganda, 12 November 2017
FW Kévin Koubemba (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 25) 6 0 Azerbaijan Sabail v.  Guinea-Bissau, 25 March 2018
FW Raich Mavouanda PRE Unknown 0 0 Republic of the Congo Ajax 2018 African Nations Championship
FW Jaures Ngombe (1998-05-22) 22 May 1998 (age 20) 6 1 Republic of the Congo Otôho 2018 African Nations Championship
FW Moise Nkounkou (1996-08-02) 2 August 1996 (age 22) 12 1 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs 2018 African Nations Championship
FW Nicolas Ondama PRE Unknown 0 0 Republic of the Congo CARA 2018 African Nations Championship
FW Dylan Saint-Louis (1995-04-26) 26 April 1995 (age 23) 3 1 France Paris FC v.  Guinea-Bissau, 25 March 2018
FW Juvhel Tsoumou (1990-12-27) 27 December 1990 (age 27) 2 0 Romania Hermannstadt v.  Uganda, 12 November 2017
Notes
  • 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.

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Congo (Brazzaville) - List of International Matches". rsssf.com. Rec. Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Congo Vs Zimbabwé: la liste des joueurs congolais présents (FR)". drcpf.net. 
  3. ^ "Congo". 

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