Football in the Congo
Football is clearly the number one sport in the Congo, closely followed by handball. The country enjoyed great success in football between 1960 and 1980. To date, the national team, known as the Red Devils, has reached the finals of the African Cup of Nations on six occasions. They won the Gold medal in Yaoundé (Cameroon) in 1972, and also reached the semi-finals two years later in Egypt. They also enjoyed success in the Friendship Games in 1961 and 1963 (Silver medal on both occasions), the All-Africa Games in 1965 (Gold), the Central African Games in 1972 (Gold), and the UDEAC Cup (1990 Gold; 1984 and 1988 Silver). The U-17 team has also played in the FIFA U-17 World Championship on two occasions - 1985 by invitation, and 1991 by qualifying outright. The Congo has produced a number of excellent players, but those who play abroad tend to do so in France. In 1974, Paul Sayal Moukila won the Golden Ball for the African Player of the Year.
The first Goal Project
On 4 March 2002, the Goal Bureau approved a training centre with three football pitches in Ignie, near Brazzaville, and the Congolese FA has dedicated the project to youth development. The centre should provide the foundation stone for football development in the Congo. The project has been financed by Goal and the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme. Construction work was completed in spring 2003.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National youth training centre in Ignie, Brazzaville
Project approved
4 March 2002
Opened in August 2003
Financed by
Goal USD 449,617 FAP USD 50,000 Total cost USD 499,617