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DR Congo appoint former Egypt tactician as head coach

DAVID GOMBE

Democratic Republic of Congo have appointed former Egypt and Valencia manager Hector Cuper as their new head coach.

The Veteran Argentine coach was officially confirmed new boss of the DR Congo on Thursday with a task of guiding them to the 2022 global showpiece in Qatar.

Cuper replaces Christian Nsengi-Biembe who was sacked after the Leopards failed to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Cameroon.

The 65 year old has been in charge of Uzbekistan after spending three years with the Egypt national team who he successfully guided to the 2017 AFCON final and qualified them to the 2018 World Cup in Russia which was their first since 1990.

DR Congo failed to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals for the first time since the 2012 edition in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Congo has only been at the World Cup once in 1974. They were drawn against Benin, Madagascar and Tanzania for their World Cup qualifying group, with their first game set to take place next September against Benin.

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