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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Congo Men's National Soccer Team News

September 10, 2015 - Junior Makiesse & Sagesse Babele score in win over Burkina Faso
African Games: "Hosts Congo became the first team to qualify for the semis in Group A after a 2-1 win over Burkina Faso on Thursday at the Unity Stadium, Kintele. A late header from captain Sagesse Babele was all the hosts needed to book their place at the last four of the competition. Earlier, Junior Makiesse saw his first half opener cancelled by Burkina Faso defender Ziem Somda in the second half." - CAF

January 25, 2015 - Thievy Bifouma & Fabrice Ondama score in win over Burkina Faso
Second-half goals from Thievy Bifouma and Fabrice Ondama helped Congo clinch a 2-1 victory for Congo against Burkina Faso in Sunday's crunch Africa Cup of Nations Group A clash at Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin. After a goalless opening half, Bifouma got on the end of Ferebory Dore's pass to fire home from close range to give the Leopards a priceless lead.... Burkina Faso leveled proceedings when substitute Issiaka Ouedraogou curled in a superb cross which Aristide Bance converted to make it 1-1. But Congo has the final say as Fabrice Ondama netted in the dying minutes to secure the win and all three points for Le Roy's side." - Daily Mail

January 21, 2015 - Prince Oniangue scores in win over Gabon
"Republic of Congo ground out a surprise 1-0 win over Gabon at the African Cup of Nations on Wednesday, its first at the tournament in over two decades, to go top of Group A. Prince Oniangue forced the ball in from a corner in the 48th minute at Bata Stadium to sneak the win after Republic of Congo was under pressure almost throughout and relied heavily on counterattacks." - WTOP

January 17, 2015 - Thievy Bifouma scores late equalizer in draw with Equatorial Guinea
"Congo striker Thievy Bifouma grabbed a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw to deny hosts Equatorial Guinea a rousing start to the African Nations Cup finals at the Estadio de Bata on Saturday. The home led with a 17th minute goal from English-based captain Emilio Nsue, but their defence was finally breached in the 87th minute ending the celebrations of the capacity crowd. The small central African nation, handed a place at the finals after stepping in as emergency hosts, were fortunate to lead as replays showed Nsue was just offside when he scored. Bifouma earned Congo a deserved draw by outpacing the defence and slipping the ball home." - SABC

January 8, 2015 - AFCON roster named 
  • Goalkeepers - Christoffer Mafoumbi (Le Pontet), Chansel Massa (AC Leopards), Pavhel Ndzila (Etoile du Congo)
  • Defenders - Marvin Baudry (Amiens), Dimitri Bissiki (AC Leopards), Arnold Bouka Moutou (Angers), Atoni Mavoungou (CNFF), Boris Moubio (AC Leopards), Francis Nganga (Charleroi), Igor Nganga (FC Aarau)
  • Midfielders - Sagesse Babele (AC Leopards), Hardy Binguila (Diables Noirs), Cesair Gandze (AC Leopards), Chris Malonga (Lausanne), Delvin Ndinga (Olympiakos), Prince Oniangue (Stade de Reims)
  • Forwards - Thievy Bifouma (Almeria), Fode Dore (CFR Cluj), Ladislas Douniama (En Avant Guingamp), Sylvere Ganvoula (Raja Casablanca), Franci Litsingi (Teplice), Dominique Malonga (Hibernian)), Fabrice Ondama (Wydad Casablanca)
November 19, 2014 - Francis Nganga scores in win over Sudan
"Congo sneaked into the 2015 Africa Nations Cup at Nigeria’s expense after beating Sudan 1-0 at the Khartoum Stadium. The result saw Congo finishing in second position in Group A on 10 points, two points above Nigeria, who drew 2-2 with group winner South Africa. The only goal of a tight game that saw both sides creating several good scoring chances came 15 minutes into the second half via a world-class free kick from Francis Nganga.... It was from a set piece that the deadlock was broken, with Nganga scorching home a thunderous left-footed 60th minute free kick from 35-yards out that left Sudan keeper Elmoiz Mahgoub rooted to the spot." - SuperSport

September 10, 2014 - Dore & Oniangue score in win over Sudan
"Congo defeated Sudan 2-0 in an Afcon 2015 qualifier at the Stade Municipal in Pointe Noire on Wednesday to climb to the top of Group A, at least for the time being.... Bulgaria-based giant midfielder Fode Dore put Congo ahead just after four minutes. Prince Oniangue, who scored in Nigeria on Saturday, made the game safe for Congo two minutes into stoppage time with a second goal." -  News Africa Now

September 6, 2014 - Thiery Bifouma scores brace in win over Nigeria
"A brace from  and a solitary strike from Prince Oniangue saw Congo Brazzaville defeat Nigeria 3-2 in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. The win moves Congo level on points with Bafana Bafana, although they move to second as the Bafana have a superior goal-difference. The home side took the lead in the 16th minute through Efe Ambrose's close range header, after Ahmed Musa had floated in a delightful free-kick. However, two minutes later and Congo were level, as their captain, Prince Oniangue, showed great composure to slot into the bottom counter. Congo then doubled their lead just before the halftime break, as Thiery Bifouma played a neat one-two with Litingu, before firing past the on-rushing Austin Ejide. It got better for Claud Le Roy's men in the opening 10 minutes of the second, as Bifouma converted from the penalty spot to get Congo's third." - Soccer Laduma

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