DR Congo national football team

The DR Congo national football team, recognised by FIFA as Congo DR (formerly known as Zaire, alternatively known as Congo-Kinshasa), represents the Democratic Republic of the Congo in men's international football and it is controlled by the Congolese Association Football Federation. They are nicknamed the Leopards.[3] The team is a member of FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Congo DR
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Leopards
AssociationCongolese Association Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Head coachHéctor Cúper
CaptainMarcel Tisserand
Most capsIssama Mpeko (76)
Top scorerDieumerci Mbokani (22)
Home stadiumStade des Martyrs
FIFA codeCOD
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 64 Steady (23 December 2021)[1]
Highest28 (July–August 2017)
Lowest133 (October 2011)
First international
Belgian Congo 3–2 Northern Rhodesia 
(Belgian Congo; Date Unknown 1948)
Biggest win
 DR Congo 10–1 Zambia 
(Kinshasa, Congo DR; 22 November 1969)
Biggest defeat
 Yugoslavia 9–0 Zaire 
(Gelsenkirchen, West Germany; 18 June 1974)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1974)
Best resultGroup stage, 1974
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances19 (first in 1965)
Best resultChampions, 1968 and 1974

Congo DR have been ranked as high as 28th in the FIFA Rankings. As Zaire they were the first Sub-Saharan African team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup and twice won the Africa Cup of Nations.

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

The Congolese Association Football Federation was founded in 1919 when the country was not independent. The team played their first game in 1948 as Belgian Congo against Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia. The team recorded a 3–2 victory at home. DR Congo has been FIFA affiliated since 1962 and has been a member of CAF since 1963. The team's first official match was on 11 April 1963, against Mauritania in the L'Amitié Tournament played in Dakar, Senegal. DR Congo won the match 6–0.[4] The national team appeared in the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 1965.

Glory periodEdit

The Democratic Republic of the Congo had its first international success at the 1968 African Cup of Nations held in Ethiopia, beating Ghana 1–0 in the final. The team's biggest ever win came on 22 November 1969 when they recorded a 10–1 home victory against Zambia. Although a handful of Congolese players were playing in Europe (particularly Belgium) during these years, foreign-based players were seldom recalled for international duty; a rare exception was Julien Kialunda who represented Zaire (as the country was by then known) at the 1972 African Cup of Nations while playing for Anderlecht.

The second continental title came at the 1974 African Cup of Nations in Egypt. The Leopards recorded a 2–1 victory against Guinea, another 2–1 victory against rivals Congo and a 4–1 victory against Mauritius. These results carried Zaire through to the semi-finals where they beat hosts Egypt 3–2. In the final, Zaire drew with Zambia 2–2. Therefore, the match was replayed two days later, where Zaire won the game 2–0. Zaire player Ndaye Mulamba was top scorer with nine goals, which remains a record for the tournament. After this, the team returned to Zaire on the Presidential plane, lent to them by Mobutu Sese Seko.

Zaire were the first Sub-Saharan African team to participate in a World Cup, qualifying for the 1974 tournament in place of the 1970 participant Morocco, whom they defeated in the decisive qualifier 3–0 in Kinshasa.[5] Such was the desire to foster an identity of Zaire as a global player that Mobutu paid for advertising hoardings at the World Cup to display messages such as ‘Zaire-Peace’ and ‘Go to Zaire’.[6] At the tournament itself, Zaire did not manage to score any goals and lost all of its games, but gave credible performances against Scotland and Brazil. However, their 9–0 loss against Yugoslavia remains one of the worst World Cup defeats. A bizarre moment came in the match versus Brazil; facing a free-kick 25 yards out, defender Mwepu Ilunga, upon hearing the referee blow his whistle, ran out of the Zaire wall and kicked the ball upfield, for which he received a yellow card. This was voted the 17th greatest World Cup moment in a Channel 4 poll.[7] Ilunga has stated that he was quite aware of the rules and was hoping to convince the referee to send him off. The intended red card would have been a protest against his country's authorities, who were alleged to be depriving the players of their earnings.[8] Many contemporary commentators instead held it to be an example of African football's "naïvety and indiscipline".[9]

Crisis periodEdit

 
Zaire versus Brazil in the 1974 World Cup
 
Zaire versus Scotland in 1974 World Cup

After winning the 1974 African Cup of Nations and participating in the 1974 World Cup, the team was eliminated in the first round of the 1976 African Cup of Nations after recording a draw and two losses in the group stage. Morocco went on to win the tournament. From 1978 to 1986, the country did not qualify for the African Cup of Nations, while not participating in qualification for the 1978 World Cup and 1986 World Cup. In the 1988 African Cup of Nations, Zaire finished last in their group despite having two draws.

Return to successEdit

From 1992 to 1996, Zaire, reached three consecutive African Cup of Nations quarter-finals. In 1992 and 1994, they were beaten by Nigeria, and in 1996 they were beaten by Ghana. In 1997, the country returned to its former name of Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the national team was re-branded as the Simbas, a nickname that stuck for the next nine years.[10] DR Congo played their first game on 8 June 1997 in Pointe-Noire which ended in a 1–0 loss to the Republic of the Congo. At the 1998 African Cup of Nations, DR Congo, led by Louis Watunda, surprisingly took third place, beating Cameroon in the quarter-finals and hosts Burkina Faso 4–1 on penalties in their last match after scoring three late goals to tie the encounter 4–4.

At the 2000 African Cup of Nations, the team finished third in their group, and in 2002 were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Senegal. Then, in 2004, DR Congo were eliminated after three straight defeats in the group stages. In 2006, led by Claude Le Roy, having finished second in the group behind Cameroon, the Congolese were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Egypt 4–1.

StrugglesEdit

DR Congo were drawn in group 10 for qualifications for the 2008 African Cup of Nations, along with Libya, Namibia and Ethiopia. Before the last match day, the Congolese led the group, but they drew 1–1 with Libya in their final match while Namibia beat Ethiopia 3–2. This sent Namibia through to the Finals, while the Leopards were eliminated. DR Congo also failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. In 2009, DR Congo won the 2009 African Championship of Nations, a competition reserved to players in domestic leagues, a tournament they would again win in 2016. DR Congo reached the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa but were knocked out in the group stages after drawing all three matches.

The Ibengé era: rise and near World Cup missEdit

In the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, DR Congo again drew all three group matches but this time finished second in the group behind Tunisia, and therefore advanced to the quarter-finals to play their rivals Republic of Congo, a match in which the Leopards came from two goals down to win 4–2. However, they were knocked out by the Ivory Coast 3–1 in the semi-finals. They ended up finishing third, beating Equatorial Guinea on penalties, after the third place match finished 0–0 in regulation time.

DR Congo under Ibengé improved radically and had an outstanding performance for many decades in a World Cup qualification. During the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, DR Congo was grouped with Libya, Tunisia and Guinea. DR Congo managed an outstanding performance, beating Libya and Guinea home and away, but missed the chance after losing 1–2 to eventual World Cup qualifier Tunisia in Tunis and drew 2–2 at home to the same opponent.

Recent schedule and resultsEdit

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

  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed

2021Edit

17 January 2020 CHAN DR Congo   1–0   Congo Douala, Cameroon
20:00 UTC+1 Kubanza   47' Stadium: Stade de la Réunification
21 January 2020 CHAN Libya   1–1   DR Congo Douala, Cameroon
17:00 UTC+1
Stadium: Stade de la Réunification
25 January 2020 CHAN Niger   1–2   DR Congo Yaoundé, Cameroon
20:00 UTC+1
Stadium: Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo
30 January 2020 CHAN QF DR Congo   1–2   Cameroon Douala, Cameroon
20:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Japoma Stadium
25 March 2021 AFCONQ Gabon   3–0   DR Congo Franceville, Gabon
17:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Stade de Franceville
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches of matchdays 5 and 6 scheduled for June 2020 had been postponed to March 2021.[11]
29 March 2021 AFCONQ DR Congo   1–0   Gambia Kinshasa, DR Congo
17:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Stade des Martyrs
Referee: Amin Mohamed Omar (Egypt)
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches of matchdays 5 and 6 scheduled for June 2020 had been postponed to March 2021.[12]
5 June Friendly Tunisia   1–0   DR Congo Radès, Tunisia
20:30 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Stade Olympique de Radès
Referee: Ibrahim Mutaz (Libya)
11 June Friendly DR Congo   1–1   Mali Tunis, Tunisia
16:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Stade El Menzah
Attendance: 0
2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) 2022 FIFA World Cup Q. DR Congo   1–1   Tanzania Lubumbashi, DR Congo
15:00 UTC+2 Mbokani   23' Report Msuva   36' Stadium: Stade TP Mazembe
Referee: Kalilou Ibrahim Traore (Ivory Coast)
6 September 2021 (2021-09-06) 2022 FIFA World Cup Q. Benin   1–1   DR Congo Cotonou, Benin
15:00 UTC+2 Adeoti   33' Report Mbokani   11' Stadium: Stade de l'Amitié
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Jean Ouattara (Burkina Faso)
7 October 2021 (2021-10-07) 2022 FIFA World Cup Q. DR Congo   2–0   Madagascar Kinshasa, DR Congo
15:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Stade des Martyrs
Referee: Antonio Caluassi Dungula (Angola)
10 October 2021 (2021-10-10) 2022 FIFA World Cup Q. Madagascar   1–0   DR Congo Antananarivo, Madagascar
15:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Mahamasina Municipal Stadium
Referee: Patrice Milazare (Mauritius)
11 November 2021 (2021-11-11) 2022 FIFA World Cup Q. Tanzania   0–3   DR Congo Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
15:00 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)
14 November 2021 (2021-11-14) 2022 FIFA World Cup Q. DR Congo   2–0   Benin Kinshasa, DR Congo
15:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Stade des Martyrs
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)

2022Edit

3 January 2022 Friendly Burkina Faso   Cancelled   DR Congo TBD, United Arab Emirates
Stadium: TBD
Referee: TBD
1 February 2022 Friendly DR Congo   v   Bahrain TBD, United Arab Emirates
Stadium: TBD
Referee: TBD
24–26 March 2022 2022 World Cup qualification 1st Leg DR Congo   v   Morocco Kinshasa, DR Congo
Stadium: Stade des Martyrs

CoachesEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were selected for the friendly matches against Algeria and Burkina Faso on 1 and 3 January 2022, respectively.[13] Matches were later nulled.
Caps and goals as of 14 November 2021, after the match against Benin.[14]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Hervé Lomboto (1989-09-27) 27 September 1989 (age 32) 6 0   Motema Pembe
1GK Baggio Siadi Ngusia (1997-07-21) 21 July 1997 (age 24) 2 0   Groupe Bazano
1GK Pululu Kinu Archimede 0 0   Renaissance

2DF Yannick Bangala Litombo (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 27) 21 0   Young Africans
2DF Dieumerci Amale (1998-10-17) 17 October 1998 (age 23) 8 0   Difaâ
2DF Amedee Masasi (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 30) 4 2   Motema Pembe
2DF Djuma Shabani (1993-03-16) 16 March 1993 (age 28) 2 0   Young Africans
2DF Arsène Zola (1996-02-23) 23 February 1996 (age 25) 1 0   Mazembe
2DF Issaka Boka (1999-11-20) 20 November 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Lupopo
2DF Christian Ndotoni Kayembe (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 31) 0 0   Motema Pembe
2DF Taboria Simete (1993-09-25) 25 September 1993 (age 28) 0 0   Maniema

3MF Trésor Mputu (1985-12-10) 10 December 1985 (age 36) 50 14   Mazembe
3MF Fabrice Ngoma (1994-01-22) 22 January 1994 (age 28) 17 0   Raja Casablanca
3MF Miché Mika (1996-09-16) 16 September 1996 (age 25) 7 0   Mazembe
3MF Mukoko Tonombe (1996-01-16) 16 January 1996 (age 26) 6 0   Young Africans
3MF Kévin Mondeko (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 26) 0 0   Mazembe
3MF Maxi Mpia Nzengeli (2000-01-30) 30 January 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Maniema Union

4FW Kadima Kabangu (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 28) 3 0   Motema Pembe
4FW Makabi Lilepo (1997-07-27) 27 July 1997 (age 24) 3 0   Vita Club
4FW Chadrac Muzungu (1997-04-14) 14 April 1997 (age 24) 1 0   RS Berkane
4FW Kelvin Bileko (2000-09-24) 24 September 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Mazembe
4FW Adam Bossu (1999-11-16) 16 November 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Mazembe
4FW Jonathan Ikangalombo 0 0   Motema Pembe
4FW Kitwa Kalowa (1996-10-28) 28 October 1996 (age 25) 0 0   Maniema
4FW Karim Kimvuidi Ntikubuka (2002-03-13) 13 March 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Motema Pembe
4FW Merceil Ngimbi Vundi (1997-04-18) 18 April 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Mazembe

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up for DR Congo in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Joël Kiassumbua (1992-04-06) 6 April 1992 (age 29) 16 0 Free agent v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
GK Lionel Mpasi (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 27) 0 0   Rodez AF v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
GK Parfait Mandanda (1989-10-10) 10 October 1989 (age 32) 12 0   Mouscron v.   Madagascar, 11 October 2021
GK Brudel Efonge (1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Maniema Union v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
GK Riffi Mandanda (1992-10-11) 11 October 1992 (age 29) 0 0   Créteil v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
GK Jackson Lunanga (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Vita Club v.   Mali, 11 June 2021
GK Katembwe Auguy Kalambay (1987-12-06) 6 December 1987 (age 34) 1 0   Motema Pembe v.   Gambia, 29 March 2021
GK Timothy Fayulu (1999-07-24) 24 July 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Sion v.   Gambia, 29 March 2021

DF Chancel Mbemba (1994-08-08) 8 August 1994 (age 27) 60 4   Porto v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
DF Ngonda Muzinga (1994-12-31) 31 December 1994 (age 27) 20 0   Dijon v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
DF Christian Luyindama (1994-01-08) 8 January 1994 (age 28) 21 0   Galatasaray v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
DF Fabrice Nsakala (1990-07-21) 21 July 1990 (age 31) 18 0   Beşiktaş v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
DF Arthur Masuaku (1993-11-07) 7 November 1993 (age 28) 10 1   West Ham United v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
DF Jordan Ikoko (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 27) 7 0   Ludogorets v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
DF Idumba Fasika (1999-02-28) 28 February 1999 (age 22) 6 1   Cape Town City v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
DF Marcel Tisserand (1993-01-10) 10 January 1993 (age 29) 32 0   Fenerbahçe v.   Tanzania, 11 November 2021 INJ
DF Issama Mpeko (1989-04-30) 30 April 1989 (age 32) 76 1   Mazembe v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
DF Merveille Bokadi (1996-05-21) 21 May 1996 (age 25) 19 1   Standard Liège v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
DF Chris Mavinga (1991-05-26) 26 May 1991 (age 30) 5 0   Toronto FC v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
DF Henoc Inonga Baka (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 28) 2 0   Simba v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
DF Sita Luzolo (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 25) 1 0   Mazembe v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
DF Vital N'Simba (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 28) 1 0   Clermont v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
DF Gédéon Kalulu (1997-08-29) 29 August 1997 (age 24) 2 0   Ajaccio v.   Mali, 11 June 2021
DF Kikwama Mujinga Unknown 0 0   Renaissance v.   Gambia, 29 March 2021

MF Neeskens Kebano (1992-03-10) 10 March 1992 (age 29) 29 6   Fulham v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
MF Chadrac Akolo (1995-04-01) 1 April 1995 (age 26) 17 2   Amiens v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
MF Samuel Moutoussamy (1996-08-12) 12 August 1996 (age 25) 13 0   FC Nantes v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
MF Gaël Kakuta (1991-06-21) 21 June 1991 (age 30) 12 2   Lens v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
MF Edo Kayembe (1998-08-03) 3 August 1998 (age 23) 7 0   Eupen v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
MF Joel Ngandu Kayamba (1992-04-17) 17 April 1992 (age 29) 6 0   Viktoria Plzeň v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
MF Samuel Bastien (1996-11-26) 26 November 1996 (age 25) 4 0   Standard Liège v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
MF Glody Likonza (1998-05-10) 10 May 1998 (age 23) 1 0   Standard Liège v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
MF Paul-José M'Poku (1992-04-19) 19 April 1992 (age 29) 22 6   Konyaspor v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
MF Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu (1994-03-22) 22 March 1994 (age 27) 2 0   Luton Town v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
MF Omenuke Mfulu (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 (age 27) 1 0   Las Palmas v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
MF Charles Pickel (1997-05-15) 15 May 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Famalicão v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
MF Giannelli Imbula (1992-09-12) 12 September 1992 (age 29) 2 0   Portimonense v.   Mali, 11 June 2021
MF Jérémie Mumbere (1991-06-10) 10 June 1991 (age 30) 2 0   Vita Club v.   Gambia, 29 March 2021
MF Jonathan Ifunga Ifasso (1999-03-10) 10 March 1999 (age 22) 1 0   Difaâ v.   Gambia, 29 March 2021
MF Jibi Bindanda (1986-03-03) 3 March 1986 (age 35) 0 0   Sanga Balende v.   Gambia, 29 March 2021
MF Beni Baningime (1998-09-09) 9 September 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Heart of Midlothian training camp, February 2022

FW Yannick Bolasie (1989-05-24) 24 May 1989 (age 32) 48 9   Çaykur Rizespor v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
FW Dieumerci Mbokani (1985-11-22) 22 November 1985 (age 36) 46 22   Kuwait SC v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
FW Cédric Bakambu (1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 (age 30) 38 13   Marseille v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
FW Ben Malango (1993-09-10) 10 September 1993 (age 28) 13 4   Al-Sharjah v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
FW Jackson Muleka (1999-10-04) 4 October 1999 (age 22) 9 1   Standard Liège v.   Benin, 14 November 2021
FW André Bukia (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 26) 1 0   Arouca v.   Madagascar, 11 October 2021
FW Jonathan Okita (1995-10-05) 5 October 1995 (age 26) 1 0   NEC Nijmegen v.   Madagascar, 11 October 2021
FW Jonathan Bolingi (1994-06-30) 30 June 1994 (age 27) 31 8   Antwerp v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
FW Jordan Botaka (1993-06-24) 24 June 1993 (age 28) 25 4   Charleroi v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
FW Meschak Elia (1997-08-06) 6 August 1997 (age 24) 20 6   Young Boys v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
FW Britt Assombalonga (1992-09-06) 6 September 1992 (age 29) 10 1   Adana Demirspor v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
FW Benik Afobe (1993-02-12) 12 February 1993 (age 28) 5 1   Millwall v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
FW Joël Beya (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 (age 22) 4 4   Mazembe v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
FW Yoane Wissa (1996-09-03) 3 September 1996 (age 25) 2 1   Brentford v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
FW Walter Bwalya (1995-05-05) 5 May 1995 (age 26) 1 0   Al Ahly v.   Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
FW Kazadi Kasengu (1992-07-20) 20 July 1992 (age 29) 5 0   Wydad Casablanca v.   Tunisia, 31 May 2021 PRE
FW Phillippe Kinzumbi (1997-06-30) 30 June 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Mazembe v.   Tunisia, 31 May 2021 PRE

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.

RecordsEdit

As of 11 November 2021[15]
Players in bold are still active with DR Congo.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 0 14 11 8 1 2 20 4
  1978 Withdrew Withdrew
  1982 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 6 9
  1986 Banned Banned
  1990 Did not qualify 6 2 2 2 7 7
  1994 3 0 1 2 1 3
  1998 8 2 2 4 11 10
    2002 10 4 2 4 17 18
  2006 10 4 4 2 14 10
  2010 6 3 0 3 14 6
  2014 8 3 3 2 11 5
  2018 8 6 1 1 20 10
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total Group stage 1/23 3 0 0 3 0 14 74 34 17 23 121 82

Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations
Titles: 2
Appearances: 19
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 Part of   Belgium
  1959
  1962 Not affiliated to CAF
  1963
Played as   Congo-Léopoldville
  1965 Group stage 5th 2 0 0 2 2 8
Played as   Congo-Kinshasa
  1968 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 10 2
  1970 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 5
Played as   Zaire
  1972 Fourth place 4th 5 1 2 2 9 11
  1974 Champions 1st 6 4 1 1 14 8
  1976 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 6
  1978 Did not enter
  1980 Did not qualify
  1982
  1984 Withdrew
  1986 Did not qualify
  1988 Group stage 7th 3 0 2 1 2 3
  1990 Did not qualify
  1992 Quarter-finals 6th 3 0 2 1 2 3
  1994 Quarter-finals 7th 3 1 1 1 2 3
  1996 Quarter-finals 8th 3 1 0 2 2 3
Played as   DR Congo
  1998 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 10 9
    2000 Group stage 12th 3 0 2 1 0 1
  2002 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 1 2 3 4
Played as   DR Congo
  2004 Group stage 15th 3 0 0 3 1 6
  2006 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 3 6
Played as   DR Congo
  2008 Did not qualify
  2010
    2012
  2013 Group stage 10th 3 0 3 0 3 3
  2015 Third place 3rd 6 1 4 1 7 7
  2017 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 7 5
  2019 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 6 6
  2021 Did not qualify
  2023 To be determined
  2025
Total 2 Titles 19/33 73 20 24 29 88 99

African Nations Championship recordEdit

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 5
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  2009 Champions 1st 5 3 1 1 7 5
  2011 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 3 5
  2014 7th 4 2 0 2 3 3
  2016 Champions 1st 6 4 1 1 14 7
  2018 Did not qualify
  2020 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 5 4
  2022 To be determined
Total Champions 5/6 23 12 4 7 32 24

African GamesEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
  1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See DR Congo national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Head-to-head recordEdit

Including the record of   Zaire. Updated as for 23 January 2022.

Opponent P W D L GF GA W% L%
  Algeria 7 0 4 3 4 10 0 42.86
  Angola 15 8 3 4 22 13 53.33 26.67
  Benin 4 3 1 0 10 4 75 0
  Botswana 5 2 3 0 4 0 40 0
  Brazil 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 100
  Burkina Faso[note 1] 11 5 2 4 22 18 45.45 36.36
  Burundi 4 4 0 0 9 3 100 0
  Cameroon 36 11 7 18 32 46 30.56 50
  Cape Verde 3 1 2 0 3 2 33.33 0
  Central African Republic 7 5 1 1 18 5 71.43 14.29
  Chad 1 1 0 0 4 0 100 0
  Congo 38 18 12 8 66 38 47.37 21.05
  Djibouti 4 3 1 0 21 3 75 0
  Egypt 12 1 3 8 13 25 8.33 66.67
  Equatorial Guinea 3 1 1 1 5 2 33.33 33.33
  Eswatini 7 3 1 3 11 6 62.5 12.5
  Ethiopia 6 5 0 1 11 4 83.33 16.67
  Gabon 16 4 8 4 12 15 25 25
  Gambia 3 1 1 1 3 5 33.33 33.33
  Ghana 24 5 6 13 23 40 20.83 54.17
  Guinea 13 5 2 4 12 9 38.46 30.77
  Iraq 2 0 0 2 1 3 0 100
  Ivory Coast 18 5 5 8 27 33 27.78 44.44
  Kenya 12 6 2 4 16 13 50 33.33
  Lesotho 7 3 4 0 17 4 42.86 0
  Liberia 9 4 2 3 15 10 44.44 33.33
  Libya 11 4 5 2 16 10 36.36 18.18
  Madagascar 14 7 3 4 27 15 50 28.57
  Malawi 7 4 2 1 9 6 57.14 14.29
  Mali 10 2 4 4 14 17 20 40
  Mauritania 2 2 0 0 7 0 100 0
  Mauritius 5 5 0 0 16 3 100 0
  Mexico 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 100
  Morocco 14 3 7 4 11 14 21.43 28.57
  Mozambique 7 5 2 0 15 7 71.43 0
  Namibia 3 1 1 1 4 7 33.33 33.33
  Niger 3 1 1 1 3 3 33.33 33.33
  Nigeria 10 4 1 5 16 16 40 50
  North Korea 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
  Oman 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 0
  Qatar 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 0
  Romania 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 0
  Rwanda 5 2 0 3 10 7 40 60
  Saudi Arabia 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 100
  Scotland 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 100
  Serbia[note 2] 1 0 0 1 0 9 0 100
  Senegal 11 3 3 5 12 14 27.27 45.45
  Seychelles 2 2 0 0 7 0 100 0
  Sierra Leone 2 2 0 0 5 1 100 0
  South Africa 6 1 1 4 5 8 16.67 66.67
  Sudan 8 5 2 1 15 8 62.5 12.5
  Tanzania 12 5 4 3 13 10 41.67 25
  Togo 16 12 3 1 40 11 75 6.25
  Tunisia 20 5 4 11 17 27 25 55
  Uganda 13 7 1 5 27 10 53.85 38.46
  Zambia 25 8 10 7 41 33 32 28
  Zimbabwe 8 3 2 3 17 10 37.5 37.5
  1. ^ Includes the results of   Upper Volta.
  2. ^ Includes the results of   Yugoslavia.

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