Congo national football team

The Congo national football team (French: Équipe de football du Congo) represents the 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 is also a member of both FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Congo
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Diables Rouges
(The Red Devils)
AssociationFédération Congolaise de Football (FECOFOOT)
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Head coachIsaac Ngata (Interim)
CaptainAmour Loussoukou
Most capsJonas Bahamboula
Delvin N'Dinga (56)
Top scorerThievy Bifouma (16)
Home stadiumStade Municipal de Kintélé
Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat
FIFA codeCGO
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 111 Increase 1 (4 April 2024)[1]
Highest42 (September 2015)
Lowest144 (September 2011)
First international
France French Congo 5–1 Cameroon France
(Middle Congo; 1954)[2]
Biggest win
 Congo 11–0 Chad 
(Congo; 28 March 1964)
 Congo 11–0 São Tomé and Príncipe 
(Libreville, Gabon; 7 July 1976)
Biggest defeat
 Malagasy Republic 8–1 Congo 
(Antananarivo, Madagascar; 18 April 1960)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances7 (first in 1968)
Best resultChampions, 1972

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.[4] 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.

Results and fixtures edit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2023 edit

27 March 2023 AFCON qualification South Sudan   0–1   Congo Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
16:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Joseph Odey Ogabor (Nigeria)
18 June 2023 AFCON qualification Congo   0–2   Mali Brazzaville, Congo
17:00 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat
Referee: Samir Guezzaz (Morocco)
10 September 2023 AFCON qualification Gambia   2–2   Congo Marrakesh, Morocco
20:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Stade de Marrakech
Referee: Mohamed Maarouf Eid Mansour (Egypt)
17 November 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Zambia   4–2   Congo Ndola, Zambia
18:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Levy Mwanawasa Stadium
Referee: Mahmoud El Banna (Egypt)

2024 edit

25 March Friendly Gabon   1–1   Congo Chambly, France
20:30 Report
Stadium: Stade des Marais
June 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Congo   v   Niger TBD, Congo
June 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Congo   v   Morocco TBD, Congo

2025 edit

March 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Tanzania   v   Congo TBD, Tanzania
March 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Congo   v   Zambia TBD, Congo
September 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Congo   v   Tanzania TBD, Congo
September 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Congo   v   Eritrea TBD, Congo
October 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Niger   v   Congo TBD, Niger
October 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Morocco   v   Congo TBD, Morocco

Coaches edit

Players edit

Current squad edit

The following players were called-up for the friendly match against Gabon on 26 March 2024.[5]

Caps and goals are correct as of 26 March 2024, after the match against Gabon.[6]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Trey Vimalin (2001-01-28) 28 January 2001 (age 23) 1 0   Fleury 91
1GK Melvin Douniama (2003-02-26) 26 February 2003 (age 21) 0 0   Paris FC Youth
1GK Owen-Césaire Matimbou (2002-06-19) 19 June 2002 (age 21) 1 0   Orleans

2DF Ravy Tsouka (1994-12-23) 23 December 1994 (age 29) 19 0   AEL Limassol
2DF Yhoan Andzouana (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 27) 9 0   DAC Dunajská Streda
2DF Bryan Passi (1997-08-05) 5 August 1997 (age 26) 5 0   Hapoel Tel Aviv
2DF Vladis-Emmerson Illoy-Ayyet (1995-10-07) 7 October 1995 (age 28) 3 1   Ural Yekaterinburg
2DF Loick Ayina (2003-04-20) 20 April 2003 (age 20) 0 0   Ross County
2DF Erving Botaka (1998-11-05) 5 November 1998 (age 25) 0 0   Arsenal Tula
2DF Christ Makosso (2004-05-09) 9 May 2004 (age 19) 1 0   Sochaux
2DF Brayann Pereira (2003-05-21) 21 May 2003 (age 20) 0 0   NEC

3MF Gaius Makouta (1997-07-25) 25 July 1997 (age 26) 19 2   Boavista
3MF Antoine Makoumbou (1998-07-18) 18 July 1998 (age 25) 17 1   Cagliari
3MF Dylan Bahamboula (1995-05-22) 22 May 1995 (age 28) 12 0   Busaiteen Club
3MF Chandrel Massanga (1999-08-17) 17 August 1999 (age 24) 9 0   Hatayspor
3MF Fred Dembi (1995-02-21) 21 February 1995 (age 29) 7 1   Red Star
3MF Will Hondermarck (2000-11-21) 21 November 2000 (age 23) 0 0   Northampton
3MF Rabby Nzingoula (2005-11-25) 25 November 2005 (age 18) 0 0   Strasbourg

4FW Silvère Ganvoula (1996-06-29) 29 June 1996 (age 27) 17 6   Young Boys
4FW Mons Bassouamina (1998-05-28) 28 May 1998 (age 25) 6 1   Pau
4FW Gabriel Charpentier (1999-05-17) 17 May 1999 (age 24) 3 1   Parma
4FW Jason Bahamboula (2001-06-15) 15 June 2001 (age 22) 0 0   Valmiera
4FW Archange Bintsouka (2002-10-25) 25 October 2002 (age 21) 0 0   Partizani
4FW Christopher Ibayi (1995-07-18) 18 July 1995 (age 28) 0 0   Rouen
4FW Alain Ipiélé (1997-08-20) 20 August 1997 (age 26) 0 0   Dunkerque

Recent call-ups edit

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
GK Wolfrigon Mongondza (1990-04-08) 8 April 1990 (age 34) 3 0   Diables Noirs v.   Zambia, 17 November 2023
GK Pavelh Ndzila (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 29) 19 0   APR v.   Gambia, 10 September 2023
GK Giscard Mavoungou (1999-11-30) 30 November 1999 (age 24) 0 0   Otôho v.   Gambia, 10 September 2023
GK Chris Guelor Bissila (2003-12-10) 10 December 2003 (age 20) 0 0   Diables Noirs v.   Mali, 18 June 2023
GK Chill Ngakosso (1994-07-26) 26 July 1994 (age 29) 0 0   ACNFF v.   Mali, 18 June 2023
GK Christoffer Mafoumbi (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 30) 37 0   Differdange v.   Mali, 18 June 2023 PRE

DF Julfin Ondongo (1997-03-28) 28 March 1997 (age 27) 11 0   Almurooj v.   Zambia, 17 November 2023
DF Bradley Mazikou (1996-06-02) 2 June 1996 (age 27) 9 0   Servette v.   Zambia, 17 November 2023
DF Morgan Poaty (1997-07-15) 15 July 1997 (age 26) 5 0   Lausanne-Sport v.   Zambia, 17 November 2023
DF Ryan Bidounga (1997-04-29) 29 April 1997 (age 26) 6 0   FC CSKA 1948 Sofia v.   Gambia, 10 September 2023
DF Francis Nzaba (2002-07-17) 17 July 2002 (age 21) 3 0   Dinamo Tbilisi v.   Gambia, 10 September 2023
DF Faria Jobel Ondongo (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 27) 3 0   Otôho v.   Gambia, 10 September 2023
DF Messie Biatoumoussoka (1998-06-05) 5 June 1998 (age 25) 2 0   AS FAR v.   Gambia, 10 September 2023
DF Varel Rozan (1999-09-09) 9 September 1999 (age 24) 21 0   Vita Club v.   Mali, 18 June 2023
DF Raddy Ovouka (1999-12-07) 7 December 1999 (age 24) 9 0   Drita v.   Mali, 18 June 2023
DF Ramaric Etou (1995-01-25) 25 January 1995 (age 29) 4 0   Dila Gori v.   Mali, 18 June 2023
DF Roussel Ngoulou M'Bani (2003-08-16) 16 August 2003 (age 20) 0 0   Étoile du Congo v.   Mali, 18 June 2023

MF Prestige Mboungou (2000-07-10) 10 July 2000 (age 23) 25 2   Ajman v.   Zambia, 17 November 2023
MF Thievy Bifouma (1992-05-13) 13 May 1992 (age 31) 41 16   A.E. Kifisia v.   Zambia, 17 November 2023 INJ
MF Merveil Ndockyt (1998-07-20) 20 July 1998 (age 25) 21 1   HNK Gorica v.   Zambia, 17 November 2023 INJ
MF Harvy Ossété (1999-08-18) 18 August 1999 (age 24) 28 0   Saint-Éloi v.   Gambia, 10 September 2023
MF Warren Tchimbembé (1998-04-21) 21 April 1998 (age 25) 2 0   Guingamp v.   Gambia, 10 September 2023
MF Nsana Simon (2000-03-11) 11 March 2000 (age 24) 0 0   NK Bravo v.   Mali, 18 June 2023

FW Domi Massoumou (2003-06-04) 4 June 2003 (age 20) 1 0   Diables Noirs v.   Zambia, 17 November 2023
FW Béni Makouana (1999-09-28) 28 September 1999 (age 24) 13 0   Polissya Zhytomyr v.   Zambia, 17 November 2023 INJ
FW Guy Mbenza (2000-04-01) 1 April 2000 (age 24) 21 5   Muaither SC v.   Gambia, 10 September 2023
FW Mavis Tchibota (1996-05-07) 7 May 1996 (age 27) 10 0   Hapoel Tel Aviv v.   Gambia, 10 September 2023
FW Prince Ibara (1996-02-07) 7 February 1996 (age 28) 16 4   Becamex Binh Duong v.   Mali, 18 June 2023
FW Chance Mondzenga (2001-05-10) 10 May 2001 (age 22) 1 0   Métlaoui v.   Mali, 18 June 2023
FW Christ Toulouenga (2005-08-24) 24 August 2005 (age 18) 1 0   Diables Noirs v.   Mali, 18 June 2023
FW Bevic Moussiti-Oko (1995-01-28) 28 January 1995 (age 29) 7 0   Ajaccio v.   Mali, 18 June 2023 INJ

  • 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 edit

As of 17 November 2023[7]
Players in bold are still active with Congo.

Most appearances edit

 
Delvin N'Dinga is Congo's joint-most capped player with 56 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Jonas Bahamboula 56 13 1969–1982
Delvin N'Dinga 56 1 2008–2021
3 Destin Makita 55 1 2001–2013
4 Barel Mouko 51 1 2004–2018
5 Magnoléké Bissiki 45 0 2012–2021
6 Oscar Ewolo 44 2 2000–2013
7 Prince Oniangué 43 8 2008–2019
8 Thievy Bifouma 41 16 2014–present
Francis N'Ganga 41 3 2008–2017
10 Brice Samba 38 0 1990–2001

Top goalscorers edit

 
Thievy Bifouma is Congo's top scorer with 16 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Thievy Bifouma 16 41 0.39 2014–present
2 Jonas Bahamboula 13 56 0.23 1969–1982
3 François M'Pelé 12 29 0.41 1971–1978
4 Paul Moukila 11 31 0.35 1970–1978
5 Anges Ngapy 10 33 0.3 1984–1993
Férébory Doré 10 37 0.27 2010–2017
7 Jean-Jacques N'Domba 8 35 0.23 1974–1992
Prince Oniangué 8 43 0.19 2008–2019
9 Kader Bidimbou 5 13 0.38 2014–present
Silvère Ganvoula 5 20 0.25 2014–present
Guy Mbenza 5 21 0.24 2017–present
Hardy Binguila 5 25 0.2 2013–present
Rolf-Christel Guié-Mien 5 25 0.2 1996–2008
Fabrice Ondama 5 37 0.14 2006–2017

Competition records edit

FIFA World Cup record edit

FIFA World Cup Qualification
Year Round Position Pld W D* L F A Pld W D L F A
1930 to 1958 Part of   France Part of   France
as   Congo-Brazzaville
  1962 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
  1966 Entry not accepted by FIFA Entry not accepted by FIFA
as   People's Republic of the Congo
  1970 Did not enter Did not enter
  1974 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 2
  1978 4 1 1 2 10 5
  1982 Did not enter Did not enter
  1986
  1990
as   Republic of the Congo
  1994 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 0 5
  1998 8 4 2 2 8 6
    2002 10 3 2 5 10 17
  2006 12 4 2 6 12 15
  2010 6 3 0 3 7 8
  2014 8 4 3 1 13 4
  2018 8 2 2 4 11 16
  2022 6 0 3 3 5 10
      2026 To be determined 1 0 0 1 2 4
      2030 To be determined
  2034
Total 0/15 69 21 16 32 81 92

Africa Cup of Nations record edit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1957 Part of   France
  1959
Played as   Congo-Brazzaville
  1962 Not affiliated to CAF
  1963
  1965
  1968 Group stage 7th 3 0 0 3 2 8
Played as   People's Republic of the Congo
  1970 did not enter
  1972 Winners 1st 5 3 1 1 9 5
  1974 Fourth place 4th 5 2 1 2 7 10
  1976 did not qualify
  1978 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 1 4
  1980 did not qualify
  1982
  1984
  1986
  1988
  1990 did not enter
Played as   Republic of the Congo
  1992 Quarter-finals 5th 3 0 2 1 2 3
  1994 did not qualify
  1996
  1998
    2000 Group stage 11th 3 0 2 1 0 1
  2002 did not qualify
  2004
  2006
  2008
  2010
    2012
  2013
  2015 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 6 6
  2017 did not qualify
  2019
  2021
  2023
  2025 to be determined
      2027
Total 1 Title 7/34 26 7 8 11 27 37

African Games edit

African Games record
Year Result M W D L GF GA
  1965 Gold 5 3 1 1 11 5
  1973 6th 3 1 0 2 5 8
Total 2/4 8 4 1 3 16 13

Achievements edit

Africa Cup of Nations
Football at the African Games
CEMAC Cup:
  • Winners: 2007
UDEAC Championship:
  • Winners: 1990

References edit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2024. Retrieved 4 April 2024.
  2. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings". www.eloratings.net. Retrieved 6 April 2023.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2024. Retrieved 27 March 2024.
  4. ^ "Congo (Brazzaville) - List of International Matches". RSSSF. Rec. Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation. 23 December 2013. Archived from the original on 19 August 2019. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Fédération Congolaise de Football Officiel: Liste des Diables Rouges". www.facebook.com.
  6. ^ "Gabon vs. Congo".
  7. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Congo-Brazzaville – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 March 2018.

External links edit