Dieumerci Mbokani

Dieudonné "Dieumerci" Mbokani Bezua (born 22 November 1985) is a Congolese professional footballer who plays as a striker for Belgian Pro League club 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 with Dynamo Kyiv in 2013
Personal information
Full name Dieudonné Mbokani Bezua[1]
Date of birth (1985-11-22) 22 November 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
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– Antwerp 76 (37)
National team
2005– DR Congo 41 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:07, 17 December 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:56, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

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] 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[citation needed] during the first half, which ended 1–1.

On 31 August 2015, Mbokani was loaned out to English club Norwich City.[8]

On 31 August 2016, Mbokani was loaned out to English club Hull City.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

In August 2018 he signed a one-year contract with Belgian club Royal Antwerp.[12] He extended his contract with the club in June 2019.[13]

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".[14][15] In the aftermath of this, after being sanctioned for missing a game as a result, he retired from international football with 31 caps.[16][17] However, he returned to DR Congo's squad for the 2017 Cup of Nations in Gabon,[18] and he was recalled to the national team in March 2019, although he withdrew due to injury.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Mbokani was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. In August 2011, his five-month-old son, David Mbokani, died of a cardiac arrest in his sleep.[20]

Career statisticsEdit

 
Mbokani (right) playing for Dynamo Kyiv in 2014

ClubEdit

As of 3 March 2021[21]
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 Belgian First Division 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
Monaco 2010–11 Ligue 1 10 1 0 0 1 0 11 1
VfL 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 Belgian Pro League 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 Ukrainian Premier League 8 3 1 0 3 0 1[b] 0 13 3
2017–18 Ukrainian Premier League 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
Antwerp 2018–19 Belgian First Division A 32 13 1 1 33 14
2019–20 Belgian First Division A 28 18 5 5 4 1 37 24
2020–21 Belgian First Division A 22 8 0 0 3 0 25 8
Total 82 39 6 6 0 0 7 1 0 0 95 46
Career total 343 148 14 8 4 0 58 19 4 1 423 176
  1. ^ a b Appearance in the Belgian Super Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearance in the Ukrainian Super Cup

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list DR Congo's goal tally first[21][22]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 November 2005 Stade Sébastien Charléty, Paris, France   Libya 1–2 Friendly
2. 12 May 2006 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico   Mexico 1–2 1–2
3. 26 March 2008 Stade Maurice Bacquet, Gonfreville-l'Orcher, France   Algeria 1–0 1–1
4. 13 June 2008 El Hadj Hassan Gouled Aptidon Stadium, Djibouti City, Djibouti   Djibouti 1–0 6–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 4–0
6. 22 June 2008 Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo   Djibouti 5–0 5–1
7. 10 June 2012   Togo 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 17 June 2012   Seychelles 1–0 3–0 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
9. 9 September 2012   Equatorial Guinea 1–0 4–0
10. 4–0
11. 20 January 2013 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa   Ghana 2–2 2–2 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
12. 28 January 2013 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa   Mali 1–0 1–1
13. 31 January 2015 Estadio de Bata, Bata, Equatorial Guinea   Congo 1–2 4–2 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
14. 4–2
15. 4 February 2015   Ivory Coast 1–1 1–3
16. 18 October 2015 Stade de la Cité de l'Oie, Visé, Belgium   Nigeria 1–0 2–0 Friendly
17. 8 October 2016 Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo   Libya 1–0 4–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
18. 3–0

HonoursEdit

Anderlecht[23]

Standard Liège[25]

Dynamo Kiev

Royal Antwerp

DR Congo

Individual

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Schöggl, Hans (21 September 2007). "Congo-Kinshasa (DR Congo) 2004". RSSSF.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
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  4. ^ "Mbokani moves to Monaco". BBC Sport. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
  5. ^ Adithya Ananth (22 September 2010). "Dieumerci Mbokani claims he turned down Liverpool to join Monaco". Goal.com. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
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  7. ^ "Mbokani staat al een poosje aan de kant" [Mbokani sidelined already for a while]. Sporza (in Dutch). VRT. 15 August 2011. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Striker Mbokani signs for City". Canaries.co.uk. Norwich City FC. 31 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Hull City sign Dynamo Kiev's Dieumerci Mbokani on season-long loan". ESPN FC. ESPN Sports Media. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Hull City 1–4 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
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  14. ^ "Belgium cancel training session after explosions in Brussels". The Guardian. Press Association. 22 March 2016.
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