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D.R.Congo reach African Nations Cup quater finals

March 2017
DR Congo kicked off their 2017 African Nations cup campaign in Gabon with a win against Morocco. They advanced from the group of death to the quarter finals where they were beaten by Ghana.
The 2017 tournament saw the team debut their new O’Neills jerseys, specially designed for the Nations Cup campaign. Did you know…

DR Congo Opposition
Play Morocco, today, Ivory Coast on Friday and Togo next Tuesday. DR Congo qualified having won five out of their six qualifying matches.

Tournament Record – Twice Winners
Their tournament record is good having twice lifted the trophy. DR Congo, then known as Zaire won the African Nations in 1968 and 1974 and they came third in the last tournament.
Known as the Leopards
The Leopards have played in the Africa Cup of Nations 17 times. The Central African team is ranked 48 in the world by FIFA and managed by 55-year-old Jean Florent Ikwange Ibenge.

DR Congo Captain Fantastic Mulumbu
The captain of the team is Youssouf Mulumbu and the player to look out for is Hull City Striker Dieumerci Mbokani. They will miss Everton’s Yannick Bolasie who transferred from Crystal Palace in the region of £25 million is an exciting and dangerous forward.

One of the Richest Countries in Africa
Did you know? DR Congo DRC has the potential to be one of the wealthiest countries in Africa. It has huge reserves of hydrocarbons, tropical timber, gem and minerals -- including a third of the world's cobalt reserves and 10 percent of its copper. These and other elements are essential for making mobile phones and electronic gadgets.

TP Mazembe – A Great African Club Side
CD Congo’s Tout Puissant Englebert, now TP Mazembe, were established in Lubumbashi in 1939 and grew to become one of the top club teams in Africa. In 1966, after civil war ended, they won the first Congolese championship. In the late sixties they reached four Champions Cup finals in a row, and winning two. Many of those players continued their upward spiral to play for the country in the1974 World Cup. TP Mazembe are known as Les Corbeaux (the Ravens) despite their badge having a an image of a crocodile with a ball in its mouth. The team was founded by Benedictine Monks. Originally known as St George’s and then FC Engelbert, they adopted the name Tout Puissant meaning Almighty after finishing undefeated in winning their first league title in 1966.

Group C is the competition's Group of Death with Morocco, Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Togo.

Good Luck From O’Neills
DR Congo Players on Twitter:
@YannickBolasie
@mbemba22
@neeskens_kebano
@mulumbuofficial

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