Dieumerci Mbokani

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Dieumerci Mbokani
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Mbokani in 2013
Personal information
Full nameDieudonné Mbokani Bezua [1]
Date of birth (1985-11-22) 22 November 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Royal Antwerp
Number 70
Senior career*
2004 Bel'Or (16)
2005–2007 TP Mazembe 72 (67)
2006–2007Anderlecht (loan) 9 (4)
2007–2010 Standard Liège 87 (39)
2010–2011 Monaco 10 (1)
2011Wolfsburg (loan) 7 (0)
2011–2013 Anderlecht 53 (33)
2013–2018 Dynamo Kyiv 54 (25)
2015–2016Norwich City (loan) 29 (7)
2016–2017Hull City (loan) 12 (0)
2018– Royal Antwerp 60 (31)
National team
2005– DR Congo 41 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 12:53, 8 June 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:56, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

Dieudonné "Dieumerci" Mbokani Bezua (born 22 November 1985) is a Congolese professional footballer who plays as a striker for Belgian Pro League club Royal Antwerp. He has previously played for TP Mazembe, Anderlecht, Wolfsburg, Monaco, Standard Liège, Norwich City, Hull City and Dynamo Kyiv.


Club career

Mbokani began his career at local side Bel'Or and was a league topscorer in the 2004 season with 16 goals. [2] [3] Then he moved to TP Mazembe. [3]

In the 2006–07 season, he made nine appearances for Anderlecht [3] and scored four goals, including a hat-trick against Beveren on 7 May 2007. In 2007, he joined Standard de Liège and scored 35 goals in 81 league appearances.

On 30 July 2010, Mbokani signed a deal with French side AS Monaco, after spurning reported interest from Liverpool, for a fee in the region of €7 million. [4] [5]

After failing to impress in Ligue 1, on 9 August 2011, he signed a contract with Anderlecht for a reported fee of €3 million, stating that he looked forward to playing together again with his friend Milan Jovanović. [6] The start of his spell at Anderlecht was dramatic, first injuring himself during one of his first training sessions, meaning he would be sidelined for at least two months. [7] On 21 June 2013, Mbokani officially signed a contract with the Ukrainian club FC Dynamo Kyiv. [3] On 14 July 2013, he scored his first goal in the very first game of the Ukrainian Premier League against Volyn Lutsk [ citation needed ] during the first half, which ended 1–1.

On 31 August 2015, Mbokani was loaned out to English club Norwich City. [8]

On 31 August 2016, Mbokani was loaned out to English club Hull City. [9] Mbokani made his debut on 17 September 2016 when he came off the bench, after 77-minutes, as a replacement for Abel Hernández in a 4–1 loss at home to Arsenal. [10]

On 20 June 2017, Mbokani was close to completing a transfer to Greek powerhouse Olympiacos but the deal did not ultimately go ahead as the player failed his medical. [11]

In August 2018 he signed a one-year contract with Belgian club Royal Antwerp. [12] He extended his contract with the club in June 2019. [13]

International career

Mbokani represented the DR Congo at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 and 2015, helping them to third place at the latter tournament.

Mbokani was caught up in the 2016 Brussels bombings, alongside his international teammate Cédric Bakambu. Though both escaped unscathed, Mbokani was reportedly left "shaken". [14] [15] In the aftermath of this, after being sanctioned for missing a game as a result, he retired from international football with 31 caps. [16] [17] However, he returned to DR Congo's squad for the 2017 Cup of Nations in Gabon, [18] and he was recalled to the national team in March 2019, although he withdrew due to injury. [19]

Personal life

Mbokani was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. In August 2011, his five-month-old son, David Mbokani, died of a cardiac arrest in his sleep. [20]

Career statistics

Mbokani (right) playing for Dynamo Kyiv in 2014 Ivan Ordets.jpg
Mbokani (right) playing for Dynamo Kyiv in 2014
As of 25 October 2020 [21]
Club statistics
ClubSeasonLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalOtherTotal
Anderlecht (loan) 2006–07 Belgian First Division 940094
Standard Liège 2007–08 Belgian First Division3215003215
2008–09 Belgian First Division3117001034120
2009–10 Belgian Pro League 247101231 [lower-alpha 1] 03810
AS Monaco 2010–11 Ligue 1 1010010111
Wolfsburg (loan) 2010–11 Bundesliga 700070
Anderlecht 2011–12 Belgian Pro League261400513115
2012–13 Belgian Pro League271921861 [lower-alpha 1] 13827
Dynamo Kyiv 2013–14 Ukrainian Premier League 251321623316
2014–15 Ukrainian Premier League8310301 [lower-alpha 2] 0133
2017–18 Ukrainian Premier League21920731 [lower-alpha 2] 03112
Norwich City (loan) 2015–16 Premier League 2970010307
Hull City (loan) 2016–17 Premier League1200020140
Royal Antwerp 2018–19 Belgian First Division A3213113314
2019–20 Belgian First Division A281855413724
2020–21 Belgian First Division A1040000104
Career totals31413914840551941390171
  1. 1 2 Appearance(s) in the Belgian Super Cup
  2. 1 2 Appearance(s) in the Ukrainian Super Cup

International goals

Scores and results list DR Congo's goal tally first [21] [22]
1.12 May 2006 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, MexicoFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 1–21–2 Friendly
2.26 March 2008 Stade Maurice Bacquet, Gonfreville-l'Orcher, FranceFlag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 1–01–1
3.13 June 2008 El Hadj Hassan Gouled Aptidon Stadium, Djibouti City, DjiboutiFlag of Djibouti.svg  Djibouti 1–06–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5.22 June 2008 Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the CongoFlag of Djibouti.svg  Djibouti 5–05–1
6.10 June 2012Flag of Togo.svg  Togo 2–02–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
7.17 June 2012Flag of the Seychelles.svg  Seychelles 1–03–0 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
8.9 September 2012Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea 1–04–0
10.20 January 2013 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South AfricaFlag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 2–22–2 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
11.28 January 2013 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South AfricaFlag of Mali.svg  Mali 1–01–1
12.31 January 2015 Estadio de Bata, Bata, Equatorial GuineaFlag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo 1–24–2 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
14.4 February 2015Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 1–11–3
15.18 October 2015 Stade de la Cité de l'Oie, Visé, BelgiumFlag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 1–02–0Friendly
16.8 October 2016 Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the CongoFlag of Libya.svg  Libya 1–04–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification


Anderlecht [23]

Standard Liège [25]

Dynamo Kiev

Royal Antwerp

DR Congo


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