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).
The second Goal project
Additional work had to be conducted on the technical centre constructed under Project I and some important equipment and devices for the upkeep of buildings and pitches were required. Approved in summer 2005, the application also embraced the refurbishment of the federation headquarters to improve the working conditions of the administrative staff. The associated costs were met in full by the Goal programme, ensuring the Congolese federation incurred no additional expense.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Additional work to the technical centre and refurbishment of the federation headquarters
Project approved in
summer 2005
Opened on 1 February 2007
Financed by
Goal USD 400 000 Total costs USD 400 000