Football in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Football is the number one sport in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The national team has appeared in the finals of the African Cup of Nations on 13 occasions, taking home the trophy in 1968 (Ethiopia) and in 1974 (Egypt). They have also reached the semi-finals on numerous occasions. Having topped Group 9 ahead of Libya, Botswana and Swaziland during the qualifying round, the Democratic Republic of Congo will also take part in the 24th African Cup of Nations, to be held in Tunisia in 2004. Football in this country, formerly known as Zaire, experienced its greatest day when the national team qualified for the FIFA World Cup™ in Germany in 1974. This remains their only appearance at the showpiece event. The women's national team also grabbed the spotlight in 1998 by finishing third at the African Women's Championship. A number of famous players have emerged from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bonga Bonga, Kalala Mukendi and Ndaya Mutumbala were all prominent names in years gone by. Today, the country's greatest stars include Shabani Nonda (Monaco, France), Lomana Trésor Lualua (Newcastle United, England), Alain Masudi (Sturm Graz, Austria) and Kabamba Musasa (playing in South Africa).
Third Goal project
Following the success of the artificial pitch that was installed at the national stadium (Stade des Martyrs) as part of the Win in Africa with Africa initiative, a request was made for an all-weather pitch at the Kenya Stadium in Lubumbashi (Katanga) to enable international matches to be played outside of the capital. The Goal Bureau approved this third project of the Congolese football association on 22 October 2008.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Artificial turf pitch in Lubumbashi, Katanga
Project approved on
22 October 2008
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Other sources USD 400,000 Total cost USD 800,000