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.
Mbokani in 2013
|Full name||Dieudonné Mbokani Bezua|
|Date of birth||22 November 1985|
|Place of birth||Kinshasa, Zaire|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2006–2007||→ Anderlecht (loan)||9||(4)|
|2011||→ VfL Wolfsburg (loan)||7||(0)|
|2015–2016||→ Norwich City (loan)||29||(7)|
|2016–2017||→ Hull City (loan)||12||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:19, 9 April 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:31, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
In the 2006–07 season, he made nine appearances for Anderlecht 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 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. 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. Then, about one week later his five-month-old son, David Mbokani, died of a cardiac arrest in his sleep.
On 21 June 2013, Mbokani officially signed a contract with the Ukrainian club FC Dynamo Kyiv. 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 2016, Mbokani was loaned out to English club Hull City. 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.
Mbokani was caught up in the 2016 Brussels bombings, alongside his international teammate Cédric Bakambu. Though both escaped unscathed, Mbokani was reportedly left "shaken". In the aftermath of this, after being sanctioned for missing a game as a result, he retired from international football with 31 caps. However, he returned to DR Congo's squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, and he was recalled to the national team in March 2019, although he withdrew due to injury.
- As of match played 7 April 2019
|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|
|2009–10||Belgian Pro League||24||7||1||0||—||12||3||1[a]||0||38||10|
|AS Monaco||2010–11||Ligue 1||10||1||0||0||1||0||—||11||1|
|Anderlecht||2011–12||Belgian Pro League||26||14||0||0||—||5||1||—||31||15|
|Dynamo Kyiv||2013–14||Ukrainian Premier League||25||13||2||1||—||6||2||—||33||16|
|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||25||9||1||1||—||26||10|
- Scores and results list DR Congo's goal tally first.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
- "Dieudonne Mbokani Bezua". Ligue 1. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
- Schöggl, Hans (21 September 2007). "Congo-Kinshasa (DR Congo) 2004". rsssf.com. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- FC Dynamo Kyiv signs Anderlecht striker Mbokani, Interfax-Ukraine (22 June 2013)
- "Mbokani moves to Monaco". BBC Sport. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
- "Mbokani s'annonce à Anderlecht" (in French). L'Équipe. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- "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.
- "Zoontje van Dieumerci Mbokani is overleden" [Son of Mbokani dies] (in Dutch). sporza.be. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
- "STRIKER MBOKANI SIGNS FOR CITY".
- "Hull City sign Dynamo Kiev's Dieumerci Mbokani on season-long loan". ESPN FC. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
- "Hull City 1–4 Arsenal". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
- "Mbokani fails the medical as his Olympiakos move falls through" (in Greek). Retrieved 20 June 2017.
- "DR Congo's Dieumerci Mbokani back in Belgium for 'new challenge'". 28 August 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Dieumerci Mbokani: DR Congo striker extends stay with Belgian club Antwerp". BBC Sport. 8 June 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
- "Belgium cancel training session after explosions in Brussels". The Guardian. 22 March 2016.
- "Norwich striker Dieumerci Mbokani left 'unharmed but shaken' after being caught at Brussels Airport during terror attacks". Daily Mail. 22 March 2016.
- "Brussels terror attacks: Norwich confirm 'shaken' Dieumerci Mbokani was at Zaventem Airport at time of blasts". The Independent. 22 March 2016.
- 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.
- "Dieumerci Mbokani: Striker quits DR Congo over FA's 'shameful' behaviour". 6 April 2016 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Hull City's Dieumerci Mbokani: Departs for Africa Cup of Nations". The Score. 7 January 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
- "Dieumerci Mbokani: DR Congo striker withdraws from crucial Afcon qualifier". 19 March 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- Dieumerci Mbokani at Soccerway