African powerhouse Democratic Republic of Congo appointed Argentine coach Hector Cuper in search for a place at the 2022 World Cup.
Cuper replaces Christian N’Sengi Biembe as the head coach of senior Leopards team after the side failed to qualify for AFCON in Cameroon for the first time in 13 years.
“The Argentinian has just signed a memorandum of understanding with the Congolese Football Association. He will have to qualify the DRC team for the Qatar 2022 World Cup,” reads a brief statement from DRC FA.
Cuper is an experienced tactician and his last National team stint in Africa was with Egypt (2015-2018). He was coach of Uzbekistan, Valencia, Mallorca, Real Betis, Inter Milan, Parma among others.
His main assignment will be guiding DR Congo to their second World Cup appearance.
They have appeared at the World Cup on one occasion in 1974 when they were known as Zaire.
Currently, they are in Group J of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers alongside Tanzania, Madagascar and Benin.
Cuper will be assisted by Jose Carlos Fantaguzzu, Daoula Lopembe.
DR Congo former coaches in the 2000 era
Roger Palmgren (1999–2000)
Jean-Santos Muntubila (2001)
Yuri Gavrilov (2001)
Eugène Kabongo (2002)
Andy Magloire Mfutila (2002-2003)
Mick Wadsworth (2003–2004)
Claude Le Roy (2004–2006)
Henri Depireux (2006–2007)
Patrice Neveu (2008–2010)
Robert Nouzaret (2010–2011)
Claude Le Roy (2011–2013)
Jean-Santos Muntubila (2013–2014)
Florent Ibengé (2014–2019)
Christian Nsengi-Biembe (2019–2021)
Héctor Cúper (2021–)