| Retro 2022 | Sports: DRC was on the doorstep of the Soccer World Cup

to Kinshasa – The first quarter of 2022 was disastrous for Congolese sports, especially football. While participating in the long hiatus of the national championship, which ultimately did not end, the Congolese sporting community saw their desire to see him selected at the World Cup after 44 years. Below are some facts celebrating 2022 at the sporting level.

It was the most anticipated event: the Qatar 2022 World Cup play-offs. After topping a group shared with Madagascar, Benin and Tanzania, the DRC had to overcome Morocco in a doubleheader to get back on the turf. 44 years after its only participation, the great celebration of world football. wow! Congolese sports have once again had the opportunity to display glaring disorganization: the late arrival of the Leopards at the Martyrs Stadium for the first game, the confusion between the Ministry of Sports and Fecofa, as well as the wrong selection of the technical team. During the return game, the staff… is among the facts that reveal this weakness.

Results: The Leopards were held in check (1-1) after the debate in Kinshasa on March 25, 2022, but dominated nonetheless, pulverized four days later by the Atlas Lions (1-4). These Lions are relegated to later date!

Morocco in the last four, Argentina at the top

Stop: Morocco have advanced to the semi-finals of the World Cup, notably knocking out Spain and Portugal, becoming the first country from the continent to reach this stage of the competition. “Consolation” for some Congolese who feel that DRC will not be able to bring Africa as far as their rival did in this World Cup play-off. Along with Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia and Ghana, African representatives Ashraf Hakimi and his teammates actually thwarted France in the semi-final stage after losing to Croatia in the qualifiers and eventually finished 4th in the tournament. thereby offering 3rd place.

The Qatar 2022 World Cup was highly anticipated as it was supposed to be the last for the big stars, namely Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi, whose statistical opposition has divided the sports world into 2 blocs for the past decade. While Ronaldo took the difficulties he’s faced at the club since the start of the season with him to Qatar, Messi has meanwhile returned to form. The seven-time Ballon d’Or led the Albiceleste to their final crown on penalties, a 3-3 draw (thanks in particular to a brace) to give Kylian Mbappe a hat-trick in a match against France. evening and eventually won the top scorer title in the competition between November 20 and December 18, 2022 with 9 achievements.

CAN 2021: Coronation of the Lions of Teranga

Originally scheduled for June 2021, the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations was finally played in Cameroon from 9 January to 6 February 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Sadio Mane and his team-mates handed Senegal their first continental title under coach Aliou Cisse after a 0-0 draw on penalties against Egypt. DRC were represented by referees Jean-Jacques Ndala (centre) and Olivier Safari (assistant), although the Leopards were conspicuous by their absence.

CAN 2023 qualifiers: Leopards’ worst start to 21st century

DRC had mixed fortunes in the last African Cup of Nations qualifiers. If the Tigers miss the finals in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2021, they will have produced the biggest upset ever at the start of the playoffs. While in its group, DRC suffered two defeats after the first two days: first against Gabon in Kinshasa (0:1) and then in Sudan (1:2). These failures cost the leadership of Hector Cooper, the Argentine coach of “Leopards”. He will be replaced by Frenchman Sébastien Desabre, who was due to lead the Fauves in a doubleheader with Mauritania in September 2022, which was eventually pushed back to March 2023.

The Leopards, however, have offered the Congolese athletes a spot for the 7th edition of the African Nations Championship – CHAN Algeria 2022 – which will be held from January 13 to February 4, 2023 with the A’ option.

Linafoot: the championship stopped

At the end of the 2021-2022 season, Ligue 1 did not come to a normal end. Despite the concessions given by the Minister of Sports, the organizers of the national championship could not hold all the games, as the clubs were delayed after a long break caused by difficulties related to vehicles. The intervention of President Félix Tshisekedi has come in handy with the Republic government promising to fund the travel of the various teams participating in the elite championship of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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As in previous years, the year 2022 was marked by the disappearance of certain players in the world of Congolese sports. The death of young journalist Patrick Lupika was one of the most tragic losses for the Congolese press. The former Digital Congo drowned in Canada, where he had gone to complete his studies. On the other hand, apart from Kabulo mwana Kabulo, we celebrate the loss of a dean in the person of Fwasa Tombisa, the legendary commentator of major football matches on the national channel. Sports photographer Papy Ngandu also died in 2022 after a known in-flight illness while covering FCF Amani’s preparation tour across the continent.

We will also note the disappearance of the Football Leopard: former PEC Zwolle, Ludogorets, Malatyaspor and Twente Amsterdam coach Jordi Lukoki, who made his debut for the Congo national team in 2015, was the victim of a heart attack after suffering a heart attack. his legs were amputated after a physical attack.

In the world of sports, the big – unfortunate event that closes 2022 is the death of the “King” of football. Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also known as Pele, died on December 29, 2022 in São Paulo at the age of 82 after a battle with cancer. Born on October 23, 1940 in Tres Corações, the former Brazilian national striker is the only player to date to win the FIFA World Cup three times. His disappearance caused an outpouring of emotion in Brazil and the rest of the world…

Diego Yesaya


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