Congo national football team

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Not to be confused with DR Congo national football team.
Congo
Nickname(s) Diables Rouges
(Red Devils)
Association Fédération Congolaise de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation UNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Head coach Sébastien Migné
Captain Prince Oniangué
Home stadium Stade Municipal de Kintélé
FIFA code CGO
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 84 Decrease 6 (6 April 2017)
Highest 42 (September 2015)
Lowest 144 (September 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 101 (29 March 2017)
Highest 37 (July 1972)
Lowest 133 (4 September 2011)
First international
 Ivory Coast 4–2 Congo Republic of the Congo
(February, 1960)
Biggest win
Republic of the Congo 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 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]

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 Semi-Finals 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 TBD
Ivory Coast 2021
Guinea 2023

Results and fixtures[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Uganda on 12 November 2016.[2]
Caps and goals updated as of 12 November 2016 after the game against Uganda.[3]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Gildas Mouyabi (1981-10-29) 29 October 1981 (age 35) 7 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards
16 1GK Pavelh Ndzila (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Republic of the Congo Étoile du Congo
23 1GK Wolfrigon Ngobo (1990-04-08) 8 April 1990 (age 27) 2 0 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs

2 2DF Béranger Itoua (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 24) 3 0 Republic of the Congo CARA
6 2DF Imouélé Ngampio (1998-02-26) 26 February 1998 (age 19) 2 0 Republic of the Congo JS Talangaï
4 2DF Boris Moubhio (1988-10-25) 25 October 1988 (age 28) 23 1 Republic of the Congo Léopards
15 2DF Ledon Epako (1992-01-07) 7 January 1992 (age 25) 1 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards
3 2DF Marvin Baudry (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 27) 21 0 Belgium Zulte Waregem
12 2DF Arnold Bouka Moutou (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 28) 16 0 France Dijon
20 2DF Gloire Yila Dibata (1990-04-25) 25 April 1990 (age 26) 2 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards

5 3MF Carof Bakoua (1993-09-09) 9 September 1993 (age 23) 8 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards
17 3MF Kessel Tsiba (1992-04-18) 18 April 1992 (age 25) 4 0 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs
8 3MF Dua Ankira (1994-12-04) 4 December 1994 (age 22) 6 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards
21 3MF Sagesse Babélé (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 24) 15 0 Saudi Arabia Khaleej
14 3MF Jordan Massengo (1990-01-31) 31 January 1990 (age 27) 7 2 Belgium Union SG

11 4FW Merveil Ndockyt (1996-07-20) 20 July 1996 (age 20) 7 0 Albania Tirana
10 4FW Férébory Doré (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 28) 30 10 France Angers
18 4FW Dzon Delarge (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 26) 10 1 Turkey Osmanlispor
7 4FW Ismaël Ankobo (1997-10-13) 13 October 1997 (age 19) 2 0 Republic of the Congo AS Kimbonguéla
19 4FW Silvère Ganvoula (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 20) 5 1 Belgium Westerlo
13 4FW Giovani Ipamy (1994-09-27) 27 September 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Republic of the Congo Étoile du Congo
9 4FW Prince Ibara (1996-02-07) 7 February 1996 (age 21) 4 0 Tunisia CA Bizertin

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 23) 16 0 South Africa Free State Stars v.  Kenya, 4 June 2016

DF Dimitri Bissiki (1991-03-17) 17 March 1991 (age 26) 24 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards v.  Zambia, 27 March 2016
DF Clévid Dikamona (1996-12-22) 22 December 1996 (age 20) 2 0 France Bourg-Péronnas v.  Kenya, 4 June 2016
DF Francis N'Ganga (1985-06-16) 16 June 1985 (age 31) 38 3 Belgium Charleroi v.  Kenya, 4 June 2016
DF Maël Lépicier (1986-01-14) 14 January 1986 (age 31) 20 0 Belgium SC Roeselare v.  Kenya, 4 June 2016

MF Durel Avounou (1997-09-25) 25 September 1997 (age 19) 5 0 France Caen v.  Morocco, 27 May 2016
MF Prince Oniangué (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 (age 28) 32 6 England Wolverhampton Wanderers v.  Kenya, 4 June 2016
MF Delvin N'Dinga (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 29) 44 1 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow v.  Kenya, 4 June 2016

FW Thievy Bifouma (1992-05-13) 13 May 1992 (age 24) 19 9 Republic of the Congo Étoile du Congo v.  Egypt, 9 October 2016
FW Fabrice Ondama (1988-02-27) 27 February 1988 (age 29) 33 4 Morocco Wydad Casablanca v.  Egypt, 9 October 2016
FW Dominique Malonga (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 28) 7 0 Italy Pro Vercelli v.  Morocco, 27 May 2016
FW Kévin Koubemba (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 24) 5 0 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia v.  Zambia, 27 March 2016
FW Chris Malonga (1987-07-11) 11 July 1987 (age 29) 23 2 France Stade Lavallois v.  Zambia, 27 March 2016
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]

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