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Sunday, June 14, 2015

DR Congo Men's National Soccer Team News

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June 14, 2015 - Firmin Mubele Ndombe & Joel Kimuaki Mpela score in win over Madagascar
"In Group B, DR Congo also made their home advantage tell as they overcame Madagascar 2-1. Firmin Mubele Ndombe and Joel Kimuaki Mpela scored a goal each to put the hosts in control and despite Madagascar pulling a goal back only four minutes later, it was enough for DR Congo to claim the win." - BBC
February 7, 2015 - penalty shootout for third place over Equatorial Guinea
"Congo beat host Equatorial Guinea 4-2 in a penalty shootout on Saturday after the third place game at the African Cup of Nations ended 0-0 after 90 minutes. Javier Balboa and Raul Fabiani missed Equatorial Guinea's first two spot-kicks. Cedric Mongongu sealed victory for the Congolese, sending his penalty into the top right corner. The teams were goalless after a lackluster contest at a half-empty Malabo Stadium. The third place game at the African Cup skips extra time and goes straight to penalties." - The Tribune
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January 31, 2015 - Dieumerci Mbokani scores brace in win over Congo
"Congo surged back from 2-0 down to make the semifinals after beating neighbor Republic of Congo 4-2 in an African Cup of Nations thriller on Saturday. Dieumerci Mbokani scored his second in stoppage time as Congo responded with four goals in the last 25 minutes.... Dore Ferebory gave Republic of Congo the lead in the 55th. Thievy Bifouma made it 2-0 after some chaotic defending. DR Congo then took over. Yannick Bolasie created the first goal for striker Mbokani, and Loteteka Bokila equalized in the 75th. Substitute Joel Kimuaki headed in a third from a set piece, and Mbokani bore down on goal in the dying seconds to make sure of Congo's place in the last four for the first time in 17 years." - San Francisco Chronicle

January 26, 2015 - Jeremy Bokila scores equalizer in draw with Tunisia
"Despite a 1-1 draw in their final 2015 African Cup of Nations Group B match at the Estadio de Bata on Monday night, both DR Congo and Tunisia qualified for the knockout stages of the competition.... Tunisia took the lead on the half hour mark when Ahmed Akaichi headed home a cross from Yassine Chikhaoui, 1-0.... In the 61st minute, though, DR Congo did find an equaliser through a Jeremie Bokila strike after he was put through on goal by Dieumerci Mbokani, 1-1." - Soccer Laduma

January 18, 2015 - Yannick Bolasie scores equalizer in draw with Zambia
"Yannick Bolasie rescued a 1-1 draw for a wasteful Democratic Republic of Congo against Zambia in their Africa Cup of Nations Group B opener on Sunday. Given Singuluma put 2012 Afcon winners Zambia ahead with barely a minute played in Ebebiyin, but Bolasie eventually restored parity with 24 minutes to go after DR Congo had spurned numerous chances. Dieumerci Mbokani almost stole all three points for DR Congo with an overhead kick in the 83rd minute, but Kennedy Mweene palmed his acrobatic attempt away and Zambia held on for a draw." - Goal

January 9, 2015 - AFCON roster named
  • Goalkeepers: Robert Kidiaba (TP Mazembe), Perfect Mandanda (Sporting Charleroi, Belgium), Nicaise Kudimbana (Anderlecht, Belgium)
  • Defenders: Jean Kaususuka (TP Mazembe), Joël Kimwaki (TP Mazembe), Issam Mpeko (Kabuscorp, Angola), Mabele Bawaka(AS Vita Club), Chancel Mbemba (Anderlecht,Belgium), Cédric Mongongu (Evian TG, France), Christopher Oualembo (Coimbra, Portugal), Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough, England)
  • Midfielders: Hervé Kage (Genk, Belgium), Neeskens Kebano (Sporting Charleroi, Belgium), Lema Mabidi (AS Vita Club), Cédric Makiadi (Werder Bremen, Germany), Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion, England), Jean Munganga (AS Vita Club)
  • Forwards: Jeremy Bokila (Terek Grozny, Russia), Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace, England), Junior Kabananga (Cercle Bruges, Belgium), Cédric Mabwati (Osasuna, Spain), Dieumerci Mbokani (Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine), Firmin Mubele Ndombe (AS Vita Club)
November 19, 2014 - Yannick Bolasie scores brace in win over Sierra Leone
"DR Congo came from a goal behind to beat visiting Sierra Leone 3-1. The Leone Stars, who began the match knowing they had no chance of qualifying for the finals, opened the scoring on 35 minutes with a long-range effort from outside the area. Crystal Palace midfielder Yannick Bolasie drew the sides level just before half-time when he controlled the ball on his chest and shot from outside the box. Sierra Leone conceded a penalty on 62 minutes, having a man sent off as a result, and Cedric Mongongu stepped up to put the Leopards ahead. Bolasie then scored a second to seal the win and keep alive DR Congo's slim chances of qualifying as one of the best third-placed sides." - BBC

October 15, 2014 - Kebano, Kabananga & Bokila score in win over Ivory Coast
"Ivory Coast suffered a shocking 4-3 defeat at home in Abidjan to DR Congo in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. The DR Congo, who lost to the Elephants five days ago in Kinshasa, surprised the home side breaking the deadlock in the 21st minute through Neeskens Kebano. Ivory Coast equalized two minutes later through their captain, Yaya Toure, with a powerful shot. Congo went into the lead again in the 35th minute as Junior Kabananga scored a beautiful volley. Jeremy Bokila stunned the home side with a third goal two minutes later, with Ivory Coast very poor in defence.... Ivory Coast managed to pull a goal back late in the game to narrow the lead, through Solomon Kalou in the 67th minute. The former Chelsea forward scored another goal in the 73rd minute as the home team levelled matters. But after the comeback, the Elephants conceded a late goal in the 88th minute scored by Jeremy Bokila  as DR Congo stole the shock win away in Abidjan." - Soccer Laduma

September 10, 2014 - Mubele & Jeremy Bokila score in win over Sierra Leone
"Sierra Leone had lost away to Ivory Coast on the weekend while DR Congo went down to Cameroon. But The Leopards were able to bounce back and register their first win of the campaign thanks to goals from Ndombe Mubele and Jeremy Bokila.... Seven minutes into the second half, and DR Congo had their opener. AS Vita Club striker Firmin Ndombe Mubele broke the deadlock following a good run behind the Sierra Leone defence. Just ten minutes later, Mubele was very close to his second goal of the afternoon but his attempt flew wide. And in the 88th minute it was DRC substitute Jeremy Bokila who doubled the score from a Cedric Mabwati cross, to give DRC the full points." - MTN Football

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