Congo national football team

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Congo
Nickname(s) Diables Rouges
(Red Devils)
Association Congolese Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation UNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Head coach Valdo Filho
Captain Prince Oniangué
Most caps Jonas Bahamboula (56)
Top scorer Thievy Bifouma (15)
Home stadium Stade Municipal de Kintélé
FIFA code CGO
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 92 Decrease2.svg 8 (4 April 2019) [1]
Highest42 (September 2015)
Lowest144 (September 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 111 Decrease2.svg 2 (27 March 2019) [2]
Highest37 (July 1972)
Lowest133 (4 September 2011)
First international
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 4–2 Congo  Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg
(February 1960)
Biggest win
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo 11–0 Chad  Flag of Chad.svg
(Congo; 28 March 1964)
Flag of the People's Republic of Congo.svg  Congo 11–0 São Tomé and Príncipe  Flag of Sao Tome and Principe.svg
(Gabon; 7 July 1976)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Madagascar.svg  Malagasy Republic 8–1 Congo  Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg
(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.

Republic of the Congo republic in Central Africa

The Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, the Congo Republic or simply the Congo, is a country located in the western coast of Central Africa. It is bordered by five countries: Gabon to its west; Cameroon to its northwest and the Central African Republic to its northeast; the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the southeast and the Angolan exclave of Cabinda to its south; and the Atlantic Ocean to its southwest.

Congolese Football Federation

The Congolese Football Federation is the governing body of football in the Republic of Congo. It was founded in 1962, affiliated to FIFA in 1964 and to CAF in 1966. It organizes the national football league and the national team.

FIFA World Cup association football competition for mens national teams

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History

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 to Flag of Chile.svg 1962 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of England.svg 1966 Entry not accepted by FIFAEntry not accepted by FIFA
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Did not qualify201132
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 4112105
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 to Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Did not qualify400405
Flag of France.svg 1998 842286
Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 103251017
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 124261215
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 630378
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 8431134
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 82241116
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determined
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determined
Total0/21622113287478

Africa Cup of Nations record

Africa Cup of Nations record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Ethiopia (1897-1936; 1941-1974).svg 1968 Group stage7th300328
Flag of Sudan (1956-1970).svg 1970 Did not enter
Flag of Cameroon (1961-1975).svg 1972 Winners1st531195
Flag of Egypt (1972-1984).svg 1974 Fourth place4th5212710
Flag of Ethiopia (1975-1987).svg 1976 Did not qualify
Flag of Ghana.svg 1978 Group stage7th301214
Flag of Nigeria.svg 1980 Did not qualify
Flag of Libya (1977-2011).svg 1982
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg 1984
Flag of Egypt.svg 1986
Flag of Morocco.svg 1988
Flag of Algeria.svg 1990 Did not enter
Flag of Senegal.svg 1992 Quarter-finals5th302123
Flag of Tunisia.svg 1994 Did not qualify
Flag of South Africa.svg 1996
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg 1998
Flag of Ghana.svg Flag of Nigeria.svg 2000 Group stage11th302101
Flag of Mali.svg 2002 Did not qualify
Flag of Tunisia.svg 2004
Flag of Egypt.svg 2006
Flag of Ghana.svg 2008
Flag of Angola.svg 2010
Flag of Gabon.svg Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg 2012
Flag of South Africa.svg 2013
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg 2015 Quarter-finals5th421166
Flag of Gabon.svg 2017 Did not qualify
Flag of Egypt.svg 2019
Flag of Cameroon.svg 2021 To be determined
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg 2023
Total1 Title7/322678112737

African Games record

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
YearResultGPWD*LGSGA
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg 1965 -000000
Flag of Nigeria.svg 1973 -000000
Flag of Algeria.svg 1978 -000000
Flag of Kenya.svg 1987 -000000
1991–presentSee Congon national under-23 football team
Total4/4000000

Results and fixtures

2018

2019

Players

Current squad

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.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Wolfrigon Mongondza (1990-04-08) 8 April 1990 (age 28)30 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Otôho
161 GK Joé Ombandza (1998-04-09) 9 April 1998 (age 20)00 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg La Mancha
1 GK Christoffer Mafoumbi (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 25)170 Flag of England.svg Blackpool

22 DF Hugo Konongo (1992-02-14) 14 February 1992 (age 27)30 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Cherno More
32 DF Marvin Baudry (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 29)343 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Zulte Waregem
42 DF Fernand Mayembo (1996-01-09) 9 January 1996 (age 23)110 Flag of France.svg Le Havre
52 DF Carof Bakoua (1993-09-09) 9 September 1993 (age 25)141 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Otôho
62 DF Dimitri Magnoléké Bissiki (1991-03-17) 17 March 1991 (age 28)350 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Otôho
172 DF Ramaric Etou (1995-01-25) 25 January 1995 (age 24)40 Flag of Israel.svg Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla
2 DF Baron Kibamba (1998-03-23) 23 March 1998 (age 21)120 Flag of Spain.svg Linense
2 DF Faitout Maouassa (1998-07-06) 6 July 1998 (age 20)00 Flag of France.svg Nimes

73 MF Prince Oniangué (Captain) (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 (age 30)449 Flag of France.svg Caen
83 MF Delvin N'Dinga (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 31)541 Flag of Turkey.svg Sivasspor
103 MF Amour Loussoukou (1996-12-05) 5 December 1996 (age 22)100 Flag of Tunisia.svg Stade Tunisien
133 MF Merveil Ndockyt (1996-07-20) 20 July 1996 (age 22)171 Flag of Spain.svg Mallorca
143 MF Durel Avounou (1997-09-25) 25 September 1997 (age 21)90 Flag of France.svg Orléans
3 MF Eden Massouema (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 21)00 Flag of France.svg Valenciennes
3 MF Brunallergene Etou (1994-06-01) 1 June 1994 (age 24)00 Flag of France.svg Béziers

94 FW Prince Ibara (1996-02-07) 7 February 1996 (age 23)82 Flag of Algeria.svg USM Alger
114 FW Ulrich Kapolongo (1989-07-31) 31 July 1989 (age 29)41 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Otôho
124 FW Junior Makiesse (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 25)182 Flag of Libya.svg Al Ahli
154 FW Guy Mbenza (2000-04-01) 1 April 2000 (age 19)20 Flag of Tunisia.svg Stade Tunisien
184 FW Dylan Bahamboula (1995-05-22) 22 May 1995 (age 23)80 Flag of Romania.svg Astra Giurgiu
4 FW Bersyl Obassi (1996-03-29) 29 March 1996 (age 23)70 Flag of Tunisia.svg Stade Tunisien
4 FW Dylan Saint-Louis (1995-04-26) 26 April 1995 (age 23)61 Flag of France.svg Paris FC
4 FW Mavis Tchibota (1996-05-07) 7 May 1996 (age 22)10 Flag of Israel.svg Bnei Yehuda
4 FW Cabwey Kivutuka (1998-02-07) 7 February 1998 (age 21)10 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg CARA

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Chancel Massa (1983-01-24) 24 January 1983 (age 36)180 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg CARA v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe , 24 March 2019 PRE
GK Pavelh Ndzila (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 24)30 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Étoile du Congo v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe , 24 March 2019 PRE

DF Faria Ondongo (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 22)00 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Otôho v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe , 24 March 2019 PRE
DF Elie Ikouma 00 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg CARA v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe , 24 March 2019 PRE
DF Béranger Itoua (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 26)90 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Otôho v. Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo , 18 November 2018
DF Varel Rozan (1994-09-09) 9 September 1994 (age 24)70 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Diables Noirs v. Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo , 18 November 2018
DF Theorold Saboukoulou (1999-06-02) 2 June 1999 (age 19)00 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Diables Noirs v. Flag of Liberia.svg  Liberia , 16 October 2018
DF Vivien Louembe (1990-08-20) 20 August 1990 (age 28)00 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg La Mancha v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe , 9 September 2018

MF Fred Ngoma (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 (age 21)10 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg La Mancha v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe , 24 March 2019 PRE
MF Harvy Ossété (1999-08-18) 18 August 1999 (age 19)00 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Diables Noirs v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe , 24 March 2019 PRE
MF Onivercien Ngoma 00 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Vita Mokanda v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe , 24 March 2019 PRE
MF Alexandre Obambot (1999-02-14) 14 February 1999 (age 20)00 Flag of Italy.svg Caronnese v. Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo , 18 November 2018
MF Garcia Nkouka (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 25)20 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Otôho v. Flag of Liberia.svg  Liberia , 16 October 2018
MF Prestige Mboungou (2000-07-10) 10 July 2000 (age 18)80 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Diables Noirs v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe , 9 September 2018

FW Matheus Botamba (1993-01-14) 14 January 1993 (age 26)50 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Otôho v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe , 24 March 2019 PRE
FW Béni Makouana (2002-09-28) 28 September 2002 (age 16)10 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Diables Noirs v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe , 24 March 2019 PRE
FW Teddy Membo 00 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Vita Mokanda v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe , 24 March 2019 PRE
FW Yann Mokombo 00 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Étoile du Congo v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe , 24 March 2019 PRE
FW Edo Molodi 00 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Vita Mokanda v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe , 24 March 2019 PRE
FW Oxy Makouala 00 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg JST v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe , 24 March 2019 PRE
FW Thievy Bifouma (1992-05-13) 13 May 1992 (age 26)3115 Flag of Turkey.svg Yeni Malatyaspor v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe , 24 March 2019 INJ
FW Christopher Maboulou (1990-03-19) 19 March 1990 (age 29)00 Flag of France.svg Nancy v. Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo , 18 November 2018
FW Dzon Delarge (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 28)141 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Qarabağ v. Flag of Liberia.svg  Liberia , 16 October 2018
FW Silvère Ganvoula (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 22)61 Flag of Germany.svg Bochum v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe , 9 September 2018
FW Guy Mbenza (2000-01-04) 4 January 2000 (age 19)10 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg La Mancha v. Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  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

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

Coaches

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