DR Congo national football team

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Congo DR
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Leopards
AssociationFédération Congolaise de Football-Association
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 67 Decrease 1 (31 March 2022)[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
African Nations Championship
Appearances5 (first in 2009)
Best resultChampions, 2009 and 2016

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 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.

History

Early history

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 period

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 period

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 success

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.

Struggles

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 miss

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 results

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

2021

5 June Friendly Tunisia  1–0  DR Congo Radès, Tunisia
20:30 UTC+1
  • Sliti 45'
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 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification 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 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification 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 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification DR Congo  2–0  Madagascar Kinshasa, DR Congo
15:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Stade des Martyrs
Referee: Antonio Caluassi Dungula (Angola)

2022

3 January Friendly Burkina Faso  Cancelled  DR Congo TBD, United Arab Emirates
Stadium: TBD
Referee: TBD
1 February Friendly Bahrain  1–0  DR Congo Riffa, Bahrain
Report Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
Referee: Ahmed Eisa Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
29 March 2022 World Cup qualification 2nd Leg Morocco  4–1
(5–2 agg.)
 DR Congo Casablanca, Morocco
Report
Stadium: Stade Mohamed V
Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi)

2023

Coaches

Players

Current squad

The following players were selected for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Gabon and Sudan on 4 and 8 June 2022 respectively.[11]

Caps and goals as of 29 March 2022, after the match against Morocco.[12]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Joël Kiassumbua (1992-04-06) 6 April 1992 (age 30) 19 0 Free agent
1GK Hervé Lomboto (1989-09-27) 27 September 1989 (age 32) 6 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Motema Pembe
1GK Baggio Siadi Ngusia (1997-07-21) 21 July 1997 (age 24) 2 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Groupe Bazano
1GK Lionel Mpasi (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 27) 1 0 France Rodez

2DF Issama Mpeko (1989-04-30) 30 April 1989 (age 33) 76 1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
2DF Marcel Tisserand (1993-01-10) 10 January 1993 (age 29) 34 0 Turkey Fenerbahçe
2DF Ngonda Muzinga (1994-12-31) 31 December 1994 (age 27) 21 0 France Dijon
2DF Dieumerci Amale Mukoko (1998-10-17) 17 October 1998 (age 23) 11 0 Morocco Difaâ
2DF Idumba Fasika (1999-02-28) 28 February 1999 (age 23) 7 1 South Africa Cape Town City
2DF Djuma Shabani (1993-03-16) 16 March 1993 (age 29) 3 0 Tanzania Young Africans
2DF Henoc Inonga Baka (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 28) 2 0 Tanzania Simba
2DF Sita Luzolo (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 25) 2 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
2DF Vital N'Simba (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 28) 1 0 France Clermont
2DF Arsène Zola (1996-02-23) 23 February 1996 (age 26) 1 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe

3MF Neeskens Kebano (1992-03-10) 10 March 1992 (age 30) 30 6 England Fulham
3MF Chadrac Akolo (1995-04-01) 1 April 1995 (age 27) 18 2 France Amiens
3MF Fabrice Ngoma (1994-01-22) 22 January 1994 (age 28) 17 0 Morocco Raja Casablanca
3MF Samuel Moutoussamy (1996-08-12) 12 August 1996 (age 25) 13 0 France Nantes
3MF Edo Kayembe (1998-08-03) 3 August 1998 (age 23) 9 0 England Watford
3MF Joel Ngandu Kayamba (1992-04-17) 17 April 1992 (age 30) 7 0 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
3MF Samuel Bastien (1996-11-26) 26 November 1996 (age 25) 6 0 Belgium Standard Liège
3MF Glody Likonza (1998-05-10) 10 May 1998 (age 24) 1 0 Belgium Standard Liège
3MF Kévin Mondeko (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 26) 1 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
3MF Sozé Zemanga (1999-11-17) 17 November 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe

4FW Jonathan Bolingi (1994-06-30) 30 June 1994 (age 27) 31 8 Thailand Buriram United
4FW Meschak Elia (1997-08-06) 6 August 1997 (age 24) 21 6 Switzerland Young Boys
4FW Ben Malango (1993-09-10) 10 September 1993 (age 28) 15 5 United Arab Emirates Al-Sharjah
4FW Jackson Muleka (1999-10-04) 4 October 1999 (age 22) 9 1 Turkey Kasımpaşa
4FW Yoane Wissa (1996-09-03) 3 September 1996 (age 25) 4 2 England Brentford
4FW Jonathan Okita (1995-10-05) 5 October 1995 (age 26) 1 0 Netherlands NEC Nijmegen
4FW Phillippe Kinzumbi (1997-06-30) 30 June 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up for DR Congo in the last twelve months and are still eligible to represent.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Pululu Kinu Archimede 0 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Renaissance Training camp, January 2022
GK Parfait Mandanda (1989-10-10) 10 October 1989 (age 32) 12 0 Belgium Mouscron v.  Madagascar, 11 October 2021
GK Brudel Efonge (1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Maniema Union v.  Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
GK Riffi Mandanda (1992-10-11) 11 October 1992 (age 29) 0 0 France Créteil v.  Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE

DF Chancel Mbemba (1994-08-08) 8 August 1994 (age 27) 66 4 Portugal Porto v.  Morocco, 29 March 2022
DF Christian Luyindama (1994-01-08) 8 January 1994 (age 28) 23 0 Turkey Galatasaray v.  Morocco, 29 March 2022
DF Merveille Bokadi (1996-05-21) 21 May 1996 (age 26) 20 1 Belgium Standard Liège v.  Morocco, 29 March 2022
DF Arthur Masuaku (1993-11-07) 7 November 1993 (age 28) 11 1 England West Ham United v.  Morocco, 29 March 2022
DF Jordan Ikoko (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 28) 7 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets v.  Morocco, 29 March 2022
DF Chris Mavinga (1991-05-26) 26 May 1991 (age 31) 5 0 Canada Toronto v.  Morocco, 29 March 2022
DF Yannick Bangala Litombo (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 28) 22 0 Tanzania Young Africans v.  Bahrain, 22 February 2022
DF Fabrice Nsakala (1990-07-21) 21 July 1990 (age 31) 19 0 Turkey Beşiktaş v.  Bahrain, 22 February 2022
DF Amedee Masasi (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 30) 4 2 Democratic Republic of the Congo Motema Pembe Training camp, January 2022
DF Issaka Boka (1999-11-20) 20 November 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Lupopo Training camp, January 2022
DF Christian Ndotoni Kayembe (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 32) 0 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Motema Pembe Training camp, January 2022
DF Taboria Simete (1993-09-25) 25 September 1993 (age 28) 0 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Maniema Training camp, January 2022

MF Paul-José M'Poku (1992-04-19) 19 April 1992 (age 30) 22 6 Turkey Konyaspor v.  Morocco, 29 March 2022
MF Gaël Kakuta (1991-06-21) 21 June 1991 (age 30) 13 2 France Lens v.  Morocco, 29 March 2022
MF Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu (1994-03-22) 22 March 1994 (age 28) 2 0 England Luton Town v.  Morocco, 29 March 2022
MF Miché Mika (1996-09-16) 16 September 1996 (age 25) 8 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe v.  Bahrain, 22 February 2022
MF Mukoko Tonombe (1996-01-16) 16 January 1996 (age 26) 7 0 Tanzania Young Africans v.  Bahrain, 22 February 2022
MF Beni Baningime (1998-09-09) 9 September 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Scotland Heart of Midlothian v.  Bahrain, 2 February 2022 PRE
MF Maxi Mpia Nzengeli (2000-01-30) 30 January 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Maniema Union Training camp, January 2022
MF Omenuke Mfulu (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 (age 28) 1 0 Spain Las Palmas v.  Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
MF Charles Pickel (1997-05-15) 15 May 1997 (age 25) 0 0 Portugal Famalicão v.  Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE

FW Yannick Bolasie (1989-05-24) 24 May 1989 (age 33) 50 9 Turkey Çaykur Rizespor v.  Morocco, 29 March 2022
FW Theo Bongonda (1995-11-20) 20 November 1995 (age 26) 3 0 Belgium Genk v.  Morocco, 29 March 2022
FW Kadima Kabangu (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 28) 4 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Motema Pembe v.  Bahrain, 22 February 2022
FW Chadrac Muzungu (1997-04-14) 14 April 1997 (age 25) 2 0 Morocco RS Berkane v.  Bahrain, 22 February 2022
FW Makabi Lilepo (1997-07-27) 27 July 1997 (age 24) 3 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Vita Club Training camp, January 2022
FW Kelvin Bileko (2000-09-24) 24 September 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe Training camp, January 2022
FW Adam Bossu (1999-11-16) 16 November 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe Training camp, January 2022
FW Jonathan Ikangalombo 0 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Motema Pembe Training camp, January 2022
FW Kitwa Kalowa (1996-10-28) 28 October 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Maniema Training camp, January 2022
FW Karim Kimvuidi Ntikubuka (2002-03-13) 13 March 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Motema Pembe Training camp, January 2022
FW Merceil Ngimbi Vundi (1997-04-18) 18 April 1997 (age 25) 0 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe Training camp, January 2022
FW André Bukia (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 27) 1 0 Portugal Arouca v.  Madagascar, 11 October 2021
FW Jordan Botaka (1993-06-24) 24 June 1993 (age 28) 25 4 Netherlands Fortuna Sittard v.  Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
FW Britt Assombalonga (1992-09-06) 6 September 1992 (age 29) 10 1 Turkey Adana Demirspor v.  Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
FW Benik Afobe (1993-02-12) 12 February 1993 (age 29) 5 1 England Millwall v.  Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
FW Joël Beya (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 (age 22) 4 4 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe v.  Madagascar, 6 October 2021 PRE
FW Walter Bwalya (1995-05-05) 5 May 1995 (age 27) 1 0 Egypt Al Ahly v.  Madagascar, 6 October 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.

Records

As of 1 February 2022[13]
Players in bold are still active with DR Congo.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined participation
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 0 14 11 8 1 2 20 4
Argentina 1978 Withdrew Withdrew
Spain 1982 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 6 9
Mexico 1986 Banned Banned
Italy 1990 Did not qualify 6 2 2 2 7 7
United States 1994 3 0 1 2 1 3
France 1998 8 2 2 4 11 10
South Korea Japan 2002 10 4 2 4 17 18
Germany 2006 10 4 4 2 14 10
South Africa 2010 6 3 0 3 14 6
Brazil 2014 8 3 3 2 11 5
Russia 2018 8 6 1 1 20 10
Qatar 2022 8 3 3 2 11 8
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Group stage 1/22 3 0 0 3 0 14 82 37 20 25 132 90

Africa Cup of Nations

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

African Nations Championship record

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

African Games

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
Republic of the Congo 1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nigeria 1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Algeria 1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya 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 record

Including the record of  Zaire. Updated as for 1 February 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
 Bahrain 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 100
 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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