Despite contacts with Rolland Courbis, DR Congo chose Héctor Cúper to take on the post of national team coach. The Argentine technician, whose last experience was in Uzbekistan, takes over from Christian N’Sengi.
DR Congo chose Héctor Cúper. The 65-year-old Argentinian technician becomes Leopards coach, he announced Thursday in a video statement. He succeeds Christian N’Sengi, who had been in office since 2019.
Present at the 2018 World Cup in Russia with the Egyptian national team, Héctor Cúper then took care of Uzbekistan. This experience ended in 2019. He had been without a post since.
Courbis has been approached
Hector Cuper was not the only one in contention for this post. Rolland Courbis was part of a shortlist, as he confirmed last Saturday on the RMC antenna. “They want to meet me, and I will meet them with great pleasure. (…) Talking with officials of such an important country in Africa does not bother me, on the contrary”, he declared, while specifying that this required an agreement for its media obligations.
Earlier this week, the DR Congo football federation also announced the appointment of Claude Makelele as ambassador for the selection. At 48, the former French international’s mission is to “defend the country and convince binational players to play for the Leopards”.
61st nation in the FIFA rankings, the DR Congo will play in September the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, where the selection of Cédric Bakambu and Gaël Kakuta will face Benin, Madagascar and Tanzania in Group J.