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.
Second Goal project
Following on from the training centre targeted primarily at youth development activities that the Congolese football association (FECOFOOT) was granted in its first Goal project, the Goal Bureau agreed on 21 March 2007 to approve the construction of new headquarters for the association, which will replace its modest existing offices. By improving the working environment of its staff, FECOFOOT will no doubt taste more success in its work as well.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Association headquarters in Brazzaville
Project approved on
21 March 2007
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000