The Democratic Republic of Congo, will be making their sixth appearance at the African Nations Championship, when the 2022 edition kicks off in Algeria on January 13, 2023. The Central African Nation is one of the most successful Nations in the history of the competition, and will be gunning for more success in Algeria.
Their Journey to Algeria
The Democratic Republic of Congo outfoxed Chad 7#1 on aggregate, to secure one of the three tickets from the Central Zone. Otis Ngoma Kondi’s side had won the away game 2#1, courtesy of goals from Bossu Nzali and Kinzumbi Beni Philippe. In the return game at the Martyrs Stadium complex in Kinshasa on Sunday September 04, 2022, the Democratic Republic of Congo thrashed Chad 5-0. Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele, was on target twice, Kinzumbi Beni Philippe, Luzolo Ernest and Mpia Nzengeli, also hitting the back of the net, as the Leopards booked their spot for the Seventh edition of the CHAN.
Otis Ngoma Kondi will be the man to lead the Domestic Leopards in their quest for a third CHAN trophy. The 59_year_old former Daring Club Motema Pembe and Renaissance of Congo tactician, was appointed coach of the team in April 2022, to replace Florent Ibeng, who led the team to the quarter finals of the last edition in Cameroon.
Otis Ngoma is not a new name in the Congolese football circles, as he previously Coach DR Congo’s Under-20 selection and was deputy coach of the senior national team between 2011-2012.
Ngoma will be assisted by former midfielder Pamphile Mihayo and former goalkeeper Tokala Paulin among the 21 technical crew members who were handed a two years, the Congolese Football Federation.
Number of Appearances and Results
The Democratic Republic of Congo has featured in all but one edition of the African Nations Championship, only missing out of the 2018 edition in Morocco.
In their five participations at the Continental event reserved for home based players, the DR Congo has won two CHAN trophies, the Maiden edition in
2009 in Ivory Coast under the leadership if coach Santos Muntubile, and 2016 with Florent Ibenge.
The Domestic Leopards defeated Ghana in the 2009 final, and thrashed Mali 3#0 to claim their second title in Rwanda 2016.
DR Congo 2–0 Libya
Kaluyituka 58, Lofo 67′ (pen.)
Zimbabwe 1–1 DR Congo
Trésor Mputu 21′
Ghana 3–0 DR Congo
Zambia 1–2 DR Congo
Lofo Bongeli 3′, Dioko Kaluyituka 16′
Ghana 0–2 DR Congo
Dioko Kaluyituka 46, Mbenza Bedi 74′
DR Congo 0 – 2 Cameroon
DR Congo 2 – 1 Ivory Coast
Salakiaku 18′, Kaluyituka 31
DR Congo 1 – 1 Mali
Patou Kabangu 82′
Tunisia 1 – 0 DR Congo
DR Congo 1–0 Mauritania
Emomo Eddy Ngoyi 51′
DR Congo 0–1 Gabon
Burundi 1–2 DR Congo
Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele 24′, 37′
Ghana 1–0 DR Congo
DR Congo 3–0 Ethiopia
Guy Lusadisu 44′, Héritier Luvumbu 46′
Meschak Elia 57′
DR Congo 4–2 Angola
Nelson Munganga 8′
Meschak Elia 18′
Jonathan Bolingi 38′
Merveille Bokadi 82′
Cameroon 3–1 DR Congo
Rwanda 1–2 (a.e.t.) DR Congo
DR Congo 1–1 (a.e.t. 5#4) Guinea
DR Congo 3–0 Mali
Meschak Elia 29′, 61′
DR Congo 1–0 Congo
Libya 1–1 DR Congo
Niger 1–2 DR Congo
DR Congo 1–2 Cameroon
DR Congo has recorded 13 wins, three draws and seven defeats in their 23 matches at the CHAN.
DR Congo is in Group B alongside Ivory Coast, Senegal and Uganda and will play all their three group games at the 19 May 1956 Stadium in Annaba. Otis Ngoma Kondi’s side will get into action on January 14, against Uganda, before facing Ivory Coast and Senegal in the other group games.
DR Congo vs Uganda (14 January 2023, 5pm)
DR Congo vs Ivory Coast (18 January 2023, 5pm)
Senegal Vs DR Congo (22 January 2023, 8pm)
DR Congo has reached at least the knockout phase in each of their last five participations at the CHAN. The reached the quarter finals in 2011, 2014 and 2021, but their standout performance has been in the 2009 and 2016 editions, when they lifted the trophy.
Santos Muntubile led the Domestic Leopards to winning the very first edition of the competition in Ivory Coast 2009, before Florent Ibenge repeated that same feet in Rwanda 2016.
Meschak Elia and Dioko Kaluyituka, are Congo’s all time top scorer at CHAN with four goals each scored during the 2016 and 2008 editions respectively. Johnathan Bolingi has three, Obenza with two goals, with a series of players having one goal each.
30_year_old Jean_Marc Makusu Mundele, will be making his return to the CHAN, after he featured in the 2014 edition. The Lupopo forward, netted twice in their qualifying game against Chad, and his chunk of experience across the continent, can be key in Congo’s search for third glory.
TP Mazembe’s Phillippes Beni Kinzumbi, is another star to watch. Just like Jean_Marc Mukusu, Kinzumbi scored two of his sides seven goals against Chad, but can offer more. Ernest Luzolo, was part of the last edition in Cameroon, and is expected to play an important role in Otis Ngoma’s side.
Most successful Club (s)
Tout Puissant Mazembe, commonly referred to as TP Mazembe, is considered as the most successful Club in Congolese football. Founded in 1939, the club has won 26 titles at national level and 11 at international level since 1966. The hold a record 19 Linafoot titles, five Congo cups, three Congo super cups, five CAF Champions League trophies, two CAF Confederation cup trophies and three CAF Super cup trophies.
TP Mazembe has eight players in the Domestic Leopards squad heading to Algeria.
Otis Ngoma has summon a team made up of three goalkeepers, nine defenders, seven midfielders, nine forwards and three players on the waiting list.
Djo Issama (TP Mazembe)
Mavungu Arnold (Blessing FC)
Ernest Luzolo (TP Mazembe)
Boka Osaka (Lupopo)
Kevin Mondeko (TP Mazembe)
Patou Ebunga (AS Vita Club)
Mukeka Kalaba (Unattached)
Mfingi Magema (AS Vita Club)
Ikoyo Iyembe (St Lupopo)
Peter Mutumosi(AS Vita Club)
Zemanga Soze (TP Mazembe)
Mika Miche (Lupopo)
Mira Kalonji (FC Renaissance of Cong)
Kikasa Merveille(AS Vita Club)
Onoya Sangana(AS Maniema Union)
Mpia Nzengeli (AS Maniema Union)
Bola Lobota (Lupopo)
Kinzumbi Phillipe (TP Mazembe)
Mpanzu Élie (AS Vita Club)
Eric Kabwe (AS Vita Club)
Obed Mayamba (AS Maniema Union)
Boeny Fortuna (Unattached)
Ikangalombo Jonathan (DCMP)
Bossu Ndjali (TP Mazembe)
Waiting List :
Jackson Lunanga(AS Dauphin Noir)
Ndongola Liwanda (Unattached)
Mwaku Horso (US Tshinkunku)
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