TP Mazembe coach Mihayo unsure of future with DR Congo giants – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 12:00

TP Mazembe head coach Pamphile Mihayo has revealed that he wants to stay at the club even if he is replaced as coach.

The tactician was in charge of the DR Congo giants as they retained the CAF Confederation Cup by beating South Africa’s SuperSport United 2-1 on aggregate following a goalless draw in Pretoria on Saturday.

Mihayo has been coach April but there is a uncertainty surrounding the club at present, particularly since the exiling of the team’s president Moise Katumbi to Belgium two years.

“Maybe if they bring in another coach, I’ll still be there to serve. I want to help this team because it is my team,” Mihayo said on BBC.

“Now it is up to the club’s directors to decide if they are going to give me another six months, or a year. I’m ready to continue.

“I’m a son of the club. This team – TP Mazembe – is my team. I’ve been here for a very long time. I have given them two cups now in one season,” he said.

The former Mazembe captain was in charge when Mazembe won the league title earlier in the year just after he took over from Frenchman Thierry Froger.

Mihayo is now in charge of several of his ex-teammates were in the line-up with him when he captained the Mazembe side that reached the 2010 Club World Cup final.

“The players accepted to work under me, to listen to my instructions and I must thank them for that,” the 41-year-ole continued.

“Congratulations to my players, they did not give any opportunity to SuperSport in the game, they did not make any fouls nor did they concede any penalties.

“They were ready, they defended well because they are experienced players.”

Mazembe will take on 2017 CAF Champions League winners Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the 2018 CAF Super Cup.

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DR Congo’s Youssouf Mulumbu joins Kilmarnock – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 10:30

Democratic Republic of Congo and ex-West Bromwich Albion midfielder, Youssouf Mulumbu has completed his switch to Scotland’s Kilmarnock FC on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

Media reports reveal that the 30-year-old, who worked with Killie manager Steve Clarke at the English Premier League club, left Norwich City in the summer and was given a two-week trial at Rugby Park.

Apart from playing in the English Premier League, Mulumbu has also starred for Paris St-Germain and Amiens in France.

“I didn’t come to Kilmarnock just like that,” said Mulumbu to the BBC.

“I spoke with Steve Clarke and he told me everything about the club and that was a big impact that he came here.

“I worked with him for a year and I know he’s an honest manager. I know the way he trains and the way he wants to play, so it suits me and was a big affect for me coming here.

“I’m looking forward to showing the real Mulumbu. I was with Norwich for two years and it didn’t work like I wanted, so I have something to prove.”

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DR Congo thrash stubborn Guinea – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Jonathan Bolingi (l) and Doxa Gikanji of DR Congo (r) celebrate during the 2016 CHAN semifinal football match between DR Congo and Guinea at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, Rwanda on 03 February 2016 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Nov 11, 2017. 21:43

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) beat Guinea 3-1 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group A match at the Stade des Martyrs on Saturday.

The win sees DRC finish second in Group A and they fail to qualify, while Guinea finished third. Group A winners Tunisia booked their place in the finals.

The Leopards controlled the match from the start as they searched for an early goal, but National Elephants contained them.

Moussa Traore, the Guinea goalkeeper, had to be alert in the 17th minute after the visitors’ defence was exposed.

Traore made a great save to deny Jonathan Bolingi, who was looking to make it 1-0 to DRC as pressure mounted on Guinea.

DRC were wasteful as Jacques Maghoma and Neeskens Kebano both missed the target with the half-time break approaching.

Guinea managed to contain DRC in the latter stages of the first-half and the score was 0-0 at the interval.

Tarore continued to be the busier of the two keepers as he denied Mubele 15 minutes into the second-half.

But Traore was finally beaten in the 61st minute when Guinea defender Ousmane Sidibe scored an own goal.

The National Elephants never lost hope and they managed to make it 1-1 10 minutes later through Keita Junior.

However, DRC grabbed two goals in stoppage time through Bolingi and Kebano, and the hosts emerged 3-1 winners.

DRC (0) 3 (Sidibe OG 61′, Bolingi 90’+1, Kebano 90’+3)

Guinea (0) 1 (Junior 71′)

DR Congo: Matampi, Tisserand, Mbemba, Issama, Maghoma (Mabidi 69′), Moke Abro, Kebano, Ngonda, Kabananga (N’Gbakoto 83′) Mubele (Bokila 60′), Bolingi.

Guinea: Traoré, Sidibé, Baldé, Sylla, Conté, Condé, Landel (Junior 68′), Diallo, Kanté, Alkhali Bangoura (Lamah 79′), Kamano.

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Guinea out to end DR Congo’s World Cup hopes – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Dieudonne Bezua Mbokani of DR Congo challenged by Daniel Amartey of Ghana during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon Quarter Final football match between DR Congo and Ghana at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 29 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 16:30

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will face Guinea in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group A match on Saturday.

Kick-of is at 19h30 CAT.

The encounter is scheduled to take place at the Stade Olympique de Radès in the Tunisian city of Radès.

The Leopards of DRC still have a chance to qualify for next year’s finals after beating Libya 2-1 away last month.

DRC are placed second on the Group A standings with 10 points from five games. They are three points behind log leaders Tunisia.

If the Leopards defeat Guinea and Tunisia lose to Libya at home, DRC will qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1974.

Meanwhile, Guinea are heading into their final group match having already seen their hopes of qualifying for the finals coming to an end two months ago.

The National Elephants are placed third on the Group A standings with three points. They are only ahead of fourth-placed Libya on goal difference.

A victory for Guinea over DRC, will see the National Elephants finish third in the group.

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DR Congo look to bounce back against Tunisia – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Paul Mpoku of DR Congo celebrates goal with Yousuf Mulumbu of DR Congo (r) during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Togo and DR Congo at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 24 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Sunday Sep 03, 2017. 16:00

DR Congo will look to revive their 2018 World Cup qualifying hopes when they host Tunisia at Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa on Tuesday evening, kick-off at 19h30 CAT.

The North Africans have a full haul of nine points from three matches in Group A following a 2-1 victory over the Leopards in Rades on Friday night, with goals from Yassine Meriah and Ghailene Chaalali securing the win.

A victory in Kinshasa could be enough for the Carthage Eagles to secure qualification, depending on the result in the other group match between Libya and Guinea on Monday night.

Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul insists he is not thinking too far ahead, more intent on focusing on the task at hand.

“It is true that we created a lot of opportunities during this game,” he told a post-match press conference after Friday’s win.

“We scored two goals and that’s the bottom line. The most important thing was the three points.

“Now we are first, we have to manage our return game well,” the coach said in regards to the match in Kinshasa.

As for his counterpart Florent Ibenge, all is not lost. The DRC tactician has emphasised that his side still has their own fate in their own hands.

They are placed second on six points and will be looking to level up with the Tunisians by winning their home clash, making it a sprint for the top spot in the final two rounds of the qualification campaign.

“The return match will be approached with the firm intention to take the three points,” explained Ibenge.

“The main thing is to finish first of this group. For now we are second, there are three matches to play. Nothing is lost. We still have our destiny in our hands.

“That is to say that one does not depend on the results of the others, one depends on our own results. So if we beat Tunisia on Tuesday, we take again the head of the group.”

South African referee Daniel Bennett will take charge of the match in Kinshasa on Tuesday evening.

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Tunisia beat DR Congo to go top of Group A – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Tunisia players celebrate

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Sep 02, 2017. 00:25

Tunisia defeated Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 2-1 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Group A match at the Stade Olympique de Rades on Friday.

As a result, the Carthage Eagles climbed to the top of Group A table, while the Leopards dropped down to the second spot ahead of the return leg match which will be played in Kinshasa on Tuesday.

It took 18 minutes for the Carthage Eagles to take lead from the spot-kick after they were awarded a penalty when Fakhreddine Ben Youssef was fouled in the box.

Tunisia defender Yassine Meriah made no mistake from the spot-kick as he fired past DRC goalkeeper Ley Matampi to make it 1-0 to the home side.

However, the visitors managed to level matters through Cedric Bakambu, who beat Tunisia keeper Aymen Mathlouthi in the 43rd minute to make it 1-1.

The score was 1-1 during the half-time break after the DRC fought back and punished the Tunisian defence, who were caught ball watching.

DRC were unable to contain Tunisia in the opening stages of the second-half as the Carthage Eagles pressed the Leopards in search of the second goal.

The pressure paid off as Esperance de Tunis midfielder Chailene Chaalali hit the back of the net from close range in the 47th minute to make it 2-1 to Tunisia.

The Leopards then pushed for the equalizing goal, but they found it difficult to unlock the Carthage Eagles which was led by goalscorer Meriah.

The home side stood firm in the dying minutes of the match and Tunisia recorded a hard-fought 2-1 victory over DRC on the night.

Tunisia (1) 2 (Meriah 18′, Chaalali 47′)

DR Congo (1) 1 (Bakambu 43′)

Tunisia: Mathlouthi, Ben Youssef, Maaloul, Bedoul, Sliti (Sliti 85′), Meriah, Ben Amor, Chalali, Msakni, Khenissi (Touzghar 90′), Ben Youssef (Badri 68′).

DR Congo: Matampi, Zakuani, Ikoko (Ngonda 69′), Mbemba, Issama, Bompunga, Bokadi, Kakuta, Bakambu, Kabananga, Mubele (Afobe 61′).

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Tunisia and DR Congo in top of the log clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Paul Mpoku of DR Congo (8) celebrates goal with teammates during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Togo and DR Congo at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 24 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. 09:30

Tunisia will lock horns with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Stade Olympique de Rades in Rades on Friday.

Kick-off is at 22h00 CAT.

The Carthage Eagles stunned Egypt 1-0 at home in their previous competitive game which was the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier last June.

Nabil Maaloul, who was reappointed in April, 2017, is in his second stint as the Carthage Eagles head coach – having coached the national team in 2013.

Tunisia are placed second on the Group A standings with six points from two matches. They are only behind group leaders DRC on goal-difference.

Taha Yassine Khenissi, who plays for Tunisian giants Esperance, is Carthage Eagles’ dangerman and the striker will be hoping to help his nation overcome DRC.

Meanwhile, DRC thrashed Congo-Brazzaville 3-1 at home in the 2019 AFCON qualifier two months ago and it remains their last competitive match.

The Leopards are still under the guidance of Florent Ibenge, who was appointed in 2014. He guided DRC to the African Nations Championship (CHAN) title.

DRC are placed at the top of Group A standings with six points with four matches left. They are only ahead of second-placed Tunisia on goal-difference.

Cedric Bakambu, who is currently playing for Spanish outfit Villarreal, is one of DRC’s dangermen and he will be keen to inspire his nation to victory.

Referee Eric Otogo-Castane, who is from Gabon, will be in charge of the encounter between Tunisia and DRC.

The return leg match will be played at the Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa, DRC next week Tuesday.

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DR Congo held in Brazzaville

Delvin Ndinga of Congo is challenged by Gabriel Zakuani of DR Congo

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 11, 2017. 19:46

Congo-Brazzaville and Democratic Republic of Congo drew 0-0 in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on Friday.

The Central Zone first-leg encounter was played at the Stade Municipal de Kintele in the city of Brazzaville.

The home side created chances, but Beranger Itoua and Junior Makiesse could not convert them in the first time.

The score was 0-0 during the half-time break with the hosts having failed to beat DR Congo goalkeeper Levy Matampi.

With his side struggling to break the deadlock, Congo-Brazzaville coach Barthemely Gatsono introduced Harris Tchilimbou in the second-half.

The Leopards of DR Congo continued to frustrate the Red Devils and Congo-Brazzaville attacker Matheus Botamba missed the target in the closing stages.

Nevertheless, the encounter ended in a 0-0 stalemate and the second-leg match will take place in Kinshasa next weekend.

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Congo-Brazzaville and DR Congo renew rivalry

Junior Kalonji of DR Congo celebrates goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Togo and DR Congo at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 24 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 10, 2017. 18:00

Congo-Brazzaville will welcome their neighbours Democratic Republic of Congo in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on Friday.

Kick-off is at 16h30 CAT.

The Central Zone first-leg encounter is scheduled to take place at the Stade Municipal de Kintele in the city of Brazzaville.

Nicknamed the Red Devils, Congo-Brazzaville have qualified for the CHAN finals once. They participated in the 2014 finals in South Africa and they could not reach the knockout stage.

Red Devils coach Barthelemy Gatsono has called two new faces Ondongo Julfin and Botamba Matheus ahead of the clash with DR Congo

The midfield trio of Hermann Kakolo, Gandze Cesair and Harris Tchilimbou, who are all on the books of Congo-Brazzaville club Leopards, are also part of the squad.

Meanwhile, DR Congo, who are nicknamed, the Leopards, have participated in all four finals of the CHAN tournament and they have won the title twice in 2009 and 2016.

Mwinyi Zahera, the Leopards coach, has called up DR Congo giants TP Mazembe’s two deadly attackers Meschak Elia and Deo Kanda-A-Mukok.

Bompunga Botuli Padua, Bangala Litombo Yannick and Ngonda Muzinga Glody, who are AS Vita Club defenders, have also been named in the DR Congo squad.

Referee Jean Marc Ganamandji, who hails from Central African Republic (CAR), will be in charge of the encounter between Congo-Brazzaville and DR Congo.

The second-leg clash will be played in Kinshasa, DR Congo next weekend. The winner on aggregate will advance to the finals which will be hosted by Kenya.

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