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

Dieumerci Mbokani
Dieumerci Mbokani 2013.jpg
Mbokani in 2013
Personal information
Full name Dieudonné Mbokani Bezua[1]
Date of birth (1985-11-22) 22 November 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Royal Antwerp
Number 70
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
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)
2011VfL Wolfsburg (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 33 (14)
National team
2005– DR Congo 41 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:16, 5 August 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:56, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Born in Kinshasa, 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] Then, about one week later his five-month-old son, David Mbokani, died of a cardiac arrest in his sleep.[8]

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 during the first half, which ended 1–1.

On 31 August 2015, Mbokani was loaned out to English club Norwich City.[9]

On 31 August 2016, Mbokani was loaned out to English club Hull City.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12]

In August 2018 he signed a one-year contract with Belgian club Royal Antwerp.[13] He extended his contract with the club in June 2019.[14]

International careerEdit

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".[15][16][17] In the aftermath of this, after being sanctioned for missing a game as a result, he retired from international football with 31 caps.[18][19] However, he returned to DR Congo's squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon,[20] and he was recalled to the national team in March 2019, although he withdrew due to injury.[21]

Career statisticsEdit

 
Mbokani (right) playing for Dynamo Kyiv in 2014
As of match played 26 May 2019[22]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Anderlecht (loan) 2006–07 Belgian First Division 9 4 0 0 9 4
Standard Liège 2007–08 Belgian First Division 32 15 0 0 32 15
2008–09 31 17 0 0 10 3 41 20
2009–10 Belgian Pro League 24 7 1 0 12 3 1[a] 0 38 10
Total 87 39 1 0 0 0 22 6 1 0 111 45
AS Monaco 2010–11 Ligue 1 10 1 0 0 1 0 11 1
Wolfsburg (loan) 2010–11 Bundesliga 7 0 0 0 7 0
Anderlecht 2011–12 Belgian Pro League 26 14 0 0 5 1 31 15
2012–13 27 19 2 1 8 6 1[a] 1 38 27
Total 53 33 2 1 0 0 13 7 1 1 69 42
Dynamo Kyiv 2013–14 Ukrainian Premier League 25 13 2 1 6 2 33 16
2014–15 8 3 1 0 3 0 1[b] 0 13 3
2017–18 21 9 2 0 7 3 1[b] 0 31 12
Total 54 25 5 1 0 0 16 5 2 0 77 31
Norwich City (loan) 2015–16 Premier League 29 7 0 0 1 0 30 7
Hull City (loan) 2016–17 Premier League 12 0 0 0 2 0 14 0
Royal Antwerp 2018–19 Belgian First Division A 32 13 1 1 33 14
Career totals 293 122 9 3 4 0 51 18 4 1 361 144
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in the Belgian Super Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearance(s) in the Ukrainian Super Cup

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list DR Congo's goal tally first.[22][23]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 May 2006 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico   Mexico 1–2 1–2 Friendly
2. 26 March 2008 Stade Maurice Bacquet, Gonfreville-l'Orcher, France   Algeria 1–0 1–1 Friendly
3. 13 June 2008 El Hadj Hassan Gouled Aptidon Stadium, Djibouti City, Djibouti   Djibouti 1–0 6–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 4–0
5. 22 June 2008 Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo   Djibouti 5–0 5–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 10 June 2012 Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, DR Congo   Togo 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 17 June 2012 Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, DR Congo   Seychelles 1–0 3–0 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
8. 9 September 2012 Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, DR Congo   Equatorial Guinea 1–0 4–0 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
9. 4–0
10. 20 January 2013 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa   Ghana 2–2 2–2 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
11. 28 January 2013 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa   Mali 1–0 1–1 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
12. 31 January 2015 Estadio de Bata, Bata, Equatorial Guinea   Congo 1–2 4–2 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
13. 4–2
14. 4 February 2015 Estadio de Bata, Bata, Equatorial Guinea   Ivory Coast 1–1 1–3 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
15. 18 October 2015 Stade de la Cité de l'Oie, Visé, Belgium   Nigeria 1–0 2–0 Friendly
16. 8 October 2016 Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, DR Congo   Libya 1–0 4–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
17. 3–0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dieudonne Mbokani Bezua". Ligue 1. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  2. ^ Schöggl, Hans (21 September 2007). "Congo-Kinshasa (DR Congo) 2004". rsssf.com. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d FC Dynamo Kyiv signs Anderlecht striker Mbokani, Interfax-Ukraine (22 June 2013)
  4. ^ "Mbokani moves to Monaco". BBC Sport. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Dieumerci Mbokani claims he turned down Liverpool to join Monaco". Goal. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Mbokani s'annonce à Anderlecht" (in French). L'Équipe. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Mbokani staat al een poosje aan de kant" [Mbokani sidelined already for a while] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 15 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Zoontje van Dieumerci Mbokani is overleden" [Son of Mbokani dies] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  9. ^ "STRIKER MBOKANI SIGNS FOR CITY".
  10. ^ "Hull City sign Dynamo Kiev's Dieumerci Mbokani on season-long loan". ESPN FC. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Hull City 1–4 Arsenal". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Mbokani fails the medical as his Olympiakos move falls through" (in Greek). Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  13. ^ Okeleji, Oluwashini (28 August 2018). "DR Congo's Dieumerci Mbokani back in Belgium for 'new challenge'". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Dieumerci Mbokani: DR Congo striker extends stay with Belgian club Antwerp". BBC Sport. 8 June 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Belgium cancel training session after explosions in Brussels". The Guardian. 22 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Norwich striker Dieumerci Mbokani left 'unharmed but shaken' after being caught at Brussels Airport during terror attacks". Daily Mail. 22 March 2016.
  17. ^ "Brussels terror attacks: Norwich confirm 'shaken' Dieumerci Mbokani was at Zaventem Airport at time of blasts". The Independent. 22 March 2016.
  18. ^ Freezer, David (5 April 2016). "Norwich City striker Dieumerci Mbokani has retired from international football due to 'unfair treatment'". The Pink 'Un. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  19. ^ "Dieumerci Mbokani: Striker quits DR Congo over FA's 'shameful' behaviour". BBC Sport. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  20. ^ "Hull City's Dieumerci Mbokani: Departs for Africa Cup of Nations". The Score. 7 January 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  21. ^ Barrie, Mohamed Fajah (19 March 2019). "Dieumerci Mbokani: DR Congo striker withdraws from crucial Afcon qualifier". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
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  23. ^ Dieumerci Mbokani Bezua - Goals in International Matches
  24. ^ "Anderlecht edge Lokeren to lift Belgian Super Cup". UEFA. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  25. ^ "Standard Liege clinch first league title in 25 years". France 24. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  26. ^ "Mbokani wins Belgian Golden Boot". UEFA. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  27. ^ "THE EBONY SHOE AND THE BELGIAN LION". These Football Times. 8 May 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  28. ^ "Atsu, Ayew win mvp and top scorer awards". CAFonline.com. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015.

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