DR Congo women's national football team

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Democratic Republic of Congo
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association FECOFA
Sub-confederation UNIFFAC
(Central Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Poly Bonghanya
Home stadium Stade des Martyrs
FIFA code COD
FIFA ranking 94 Increase2
Highest FIFA ranking 85 (June 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 111 (December 2011)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Egypt 1 – 4 DR Congo 
(Kaduna, Nigeria; October 17, 1998) [1]
Biggest win
 DR Congo 4 – 0 Uganda 
(Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo; January 28, 2012) [2]
Biggest defeat
 Nigeria 6 – 0 DR Congo 
(Kaduna, Nigeria; October 20, 1998)[3]
World Cup
Appearances 0
African Women's Championship
Appearances 3 (First in 1998)
Best result Third Place, 1998

The DR Congo women's national football team is the national women's football team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is overseen by the Fédération Congolaise de Football-Association (FECOFA). As of December 2012 they are currently ranked 105th in the world.[4]

History[edit]

Congo DR was scheduled to debut against Namibia on the 1998 African Women's Championship qualifiers, to be held in Nigeria, but it withdrew. They debuted against Egypt on October 17, 1998 in Kaduna, Nigeria, and won 4-1. At the Second encounter against the hosts, Nigeria, the lose by 6-0 and in the last match of the Group Stage, they draw with Morocco 0-0 and advanced to the Semi-Finals by scoring 7 goals and receiving 7. In the Semi-Finals Ghana beat them by 4-1 after extra time, to play the Third Place match in where they draw 3-3 to Cameroon, winning the 3rd Place by scoring 3-1 on the penalty shootout, but did not qualify to the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, to be held in the United States.

The team did not entered to the 2000 African Women's Championship. In the 2002 African Women's Championship qualifiers they faced Angola. The First Leg was a 1-0 loss and the Second was a 1-0 win, but 5-4 penalty shootout loss, leaving Congo DR out of the tournament and the World Cup, held again in the USA.

They played on the 2003 All-Africa Games in Nigeria, all the encounters in Kaduna, against Algeria (4 October, won 5-2), Mali (7 October, draw 0-0) and South Africa (10 October, lost 4-0). Congo DR also played against Ghana and lost 2-0 (26 October in Kumasi) and 2-1 (9 November in Kinshasa). The team did withdrew of the 2004 African Women's Championship who was scheduled to play against Gabon on the qualifiers.

Congo DR faced Zambia in the 2006 African Women's Championship qualifiers and won 3-0 and 3-2, having a score of 6-2 in aggregate and advancing to the next round. In the Second Round they played against Senegal, winning 3-0 in the First Leg and losing 2-0 in the Second, qualifying for the 2006 African Women's Championship who was held in Nigeria from 28 October to 11 November 2006. Congo DR was in the Group B along with Ghana, Cameroon and Mali. The opening encounter was against Cameroon and ended in a 1-1 draw with goal of Milandu at the 57 minutes. The second rival was Mali and lost 3-2 with goals of Zuma and Matufa at the 28 and 85 minutes respectively. Closing match was versus Ghana and ended in a 3-1 loss with goal of Vumongo at the 51 minutes. Congo DR was again eliminated from the tournament and from the World Cup held in China PR.

After two months, the team faced Cameroon on 22 January 2007 and lost 3-0. After that encounter they faced Namibia on 17 February and 10 March, drawing 3-3 and winning 5-2 respectively. On 3 and 17 June Congo DR played against Ghana in Sunyani and Kinshasa, losing both 3-1 and 1-0. For the 2008 African Women's Championship, held in Equatorial Guinea from 15 November to 29 November 2008. They played the qualifiers against Congo, losing 4-1 and drawing 1-1, leaving an aggregate score of 5-2. After these results, Congo DR did not qualify up for the Tournament.

On 7 March 2010 in Gaborone, after 2 years of no matches played, Congo DR faced Botswana, for the 2010 African Women's Football Championship qualification, winning over them 2-0 with goals of Malembo and Dianteso at the 11 and 17 minutes. At the Second Leg, on 19 March 2010, they won again, this time by 5-2 with two goals of Malembo (20 and 27 minutes), two of Nzuzi (24 and 28 minutes) and Mafutu at the 88 minutes. Second Round was against Cameroon, and lose both matches by 2-0 and 3-0, leaving them again eliminated from both the 2010 African Women's Championship and the World Cup held in Germany.

Congo DR played two matches against Ethiopia on 15 and 30 January 2011, drawing in the first match 0-0 and losing the second by 3-0. In February of the same year, they withdrew from the All-Africa Games qualifiers, in where the team was scheduled to play against Gabon.

In 14 and 28 February 2012, the team faced Uganda, in the 2012 African Women's Football Championship qualification, in where they draw 1-1 and win 4-0. In May and June 2012, they were scheduled to play against Equatorial Guinea, but matches were cancelled, because Equatorial Guinea was selected hosts of the tournament, Congo DR also qualified, by the virtue of a "walkover". Two matches against their supposed rival, Equatorial Guinea were played on June 24 and 26, 4 months before the Championship, both losing by 3-0 and 2-1. Another match before the Cup was played, it was against Cameroon and was a 0-0 draw. Final Tournament was held between 28 October and 11 November 2012, the team was placed in Group A, along with hosts Equatorial Guinea, South Africa and Senegal. The first match against Senegal was won 1-0 by a penalty of Nona at the 74 minutes. The Second encounter against Equatorial Guinea was lost 6-0. They faced South Africa at the last match of the Group and lose 4-1 with a goal of Tutzolana at the 88 minutes. Again Congo DR were eliminated in the Group Stage and is till today the last matches it played.

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 to
Sweden 1995
Did Not Enter
United States 1999 to
Germany 2011
Did Not Qualify
Canada 2015 Did Not Enter
Total 0/7 - - - - - - -

Performance in African Women's Championship[edit]

African Women's Championship
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
1991 to
1995
Did Not Enter
Nigeria 1998 Third Place 5 1 2 2 8 14
South Africa 2000 Did Not Enter
Nigeria 2002 Did Not Qualify
South Africa 2004 Did Not Enter
Nigeria 2006 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 4 7
Equatorial Guinea 2008 to
South Africa 2010
Did Not Qualify
Equatorial Guinea 2012 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 2 10
Namibia 2014 Did Not Enter
Total 3/11 11 2 3 6 14 31
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

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