Congo national football team
The Congo national football team (French Équipe nationale de football du Congo) represents Republic of the Congo in men's association football and is governed 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. The team also represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).
|Nickname(s)||Diables Rouges |
|Association||Congolese Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||UNIFFAC (Central Africa)|
|Head coach||Valdo Filho|
|Most caps||Jonas Bahamboula (56)|
|Top scorer||Thievy Bifouma (15)|
|Home stadium||Stade Municipal de Kintélé|
|Current||91 2 (27 November 2020)|
|Highest||42 (September 2015)|
|Lowest||144 (September 2011)|
|Current||109 1 (19 November 2020)|
|Highest||37 (July 1972)|
|Lowest||133 (4 September 2011)|
| French Congo 5–1 Cameroon |
(Middle Congo; 1954)
| Congo 11–0 Chad |
(Congo; 28 March 1964)
Congo 11–0 São Tomé and Príncipe
(Gabon; 7 July 1976)
| 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 made its first ever appearance in February 1960 in a friendly against the Ivory Coast which they lost 4–2. 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.
World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930 to 1962||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1966||Entry not accepted by FIFA||Entry not accepted by FIFA|
|1970||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1974||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||3||2|
|1982 to 1990||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1994||Did not qualify||4||0||0||4||0||5|
|2022||To be determined|
|2026||To be determined|
Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|1957||Part of France|
|Played as Congo-Brazzaville|
|1962||Not affiliated to CAF|
|Played as People's Republic of the Congo|
|1970||Did not enter|
|1976||Did not qualify|
|1980||Did not qualify|
|1990||Did not enter|
|Played as Republic of the Congo|
|1994||Did not qualify|
|2002||Did not qualify|
|2017||Did not qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
African Games recordEdit
- Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
|African Games record|
|1991–present||See Congon national under-23 football team|
Results and fixturesEdit
|13 November 2019 2021 AFCONQ||Senegal||2–0||Congo||Thiès, Senegal|
|19:00 UTC±0||Stadium: Stade Lat-Dior|
|17 November 2019 2021 AFCONQ||Congo||3–0||Guinea-Bissau||Brazzaville, Congo|
|17:00 UTC+1||Stadium: Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat|
|12 November 2020 2021 AFCONQ||Congo||2–0||Eswatini||Brazzaville, Congo|
|17:00 UTC+1||Stadium: Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat|
Referee: Joseph Odey Ogabor (Nigeria)
|15 November 2020 2021 AFCONQ||Eswatini||0–0||Congo||Manzini, Eswatini|
|15:00 UTC+2||Stadium: Mavuso Sports Centre|
Referee: Hassan Mohamed Hagi (Somalia)
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|
|DF||Varel Rozan||9 September 1994||8||0||Diables Noirs||v. Equatorial Guinea, 20 October 2019 CHAN|
|DF||Julfin Ondongo||23 March 1990||3||0||Étoile du Congo||v. Equatorial Guinea, 20 October 2019 CHAN|
|MF||Hardy Binguila||17 July 1996||15||4||Diables Noirs||v. Equatorial Guinea, 20 October 2019 CHAN|
|MF||Deldy Ngoyi||9 April 1997||4||0||Diables Noirs||v. Equatorial Guinea, 20 October 2019 CHAN|
|MF||Mignon Etou||16 July 1999||2||1||Otôho||v. Equatorial Guinea, 20 October 2019 CHAN|
|MF||Hilda Mohendiki||30 September 1997||2||0||Étoile du Congo||v. Equatorial Guinea, 20 October 2019 CHAN|
|FW||Jaurès Ngombe||22 May 1996||8||1||Otôho||v. Equatorial Guinea, 20 October 2019 CHAN|
|FW||Matheus Botamba||14 January 1993||7||0||Otôho||v. Equatorial Guinea, 20 October 2019 CHAN|
|FW||Gautrand Ngouenimba||1||0||Étoile du Congo||v. Equatorial Guinea, 20 October 2019 CHAN|
DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
- As of 17 November 2019
- Players in bold text are still active with Congo.
- Paul Ebondzibato (1962–1964)
- Vasily Sokolov (1964–1965)
- Paul Ebondzibato (1965–1970)
- Adolphe Bibanzoulou (1970–1973)
- Robert Ndoudi (1973–1974)
- Cicerone Manolache (1974–1976)
- Yvon Goujon (1986–1987)
- Noël Minga (1992–1993)
- David Mémy (1997–1998)
- Alain Nestor Ngouinda (1998–1999)
- David Mémy (1999–2000)
- Camille Ngakosso (2000)
- Gaston Tchangana (2001)
- Noël Minga (2001)
- Eugen Moldovan (2001–2002)
- Alain Nestor Ngouinda (2002)
- Claude Andrey (2002–2003)
- Jean-Paul Bernard (2003)
- Michel Hidalgo (2004)
- Christian Létard (2004–2005)
- Gaston Tchangana (2005–2006)
- Noël Tosi (2006–2007)
- Gaston Tchangana (2007–2008)
- Ivica Todorov (2008–2010)
- Robert Corfou (2010–2011)
- Camille Ngakosso (2011)
- Jean-Guy Wallemme (2011–2012)
- Kamel Djabour (2012–13)
- Claude Le Roy (2013–15)
- Pierre Lechantre (2016)
- Barthélémy Ngatsono (2016–17)
- Sébastien Migné (2017–18)
- Valdo Filho (2018–)
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 27 November 2020. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 19 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
- World Football Elo Ratings: Congo
- "Congo (Brazzaville) - List of International Matches". rsssf.com. Rec. Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation. 23 December 2013. Archived from the original on 19 August 2019. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
- "Elim CAN 2021: Les 22 du Congo contre le Sénégal et la Guinée Bissau" (in French). africatopsports.com.
- Mamrud, Roberto. "Congo-Brazzaville – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
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