Leopard’s football: Raul Hectór Cúper returns the apron


Kinshasa, April 1fst, 2022 (CPA).– The national coach of DR Congo national football team A, the Argentinian Raul Hector Cuper, has given up, according to some Congolese media quoting the Argentinian journalist César on Thursday March 31st Luiz Merlo.

“Hectór Cúper has ceased to be the coach of El Congo. He decided not to accept the renewal offered to him”, announced Argentinian journalist César Luiz Merlo. The Argentinian technician, who had signed a goal contract to qualify DR Congo for the final phase of the World Cup, resigned from his duties after the drowning on Tuesday March 29th at Mohamed V stadium in Casablanca against the Lions of Atlas of Morocco (4-1) during the second leg of the qualifying play-offs, African zone, for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The former coach of Valencia (D1 Spain) and the Egyptian and Uzbek selections, handicapped by the language and evolving in a failing administrative environment, thought it best to leave before the end of his two-year contract, signed in May 2021 under the leadership of the Minister in charge of Sports and Leisure, Serge Nkonde Chembo and the President of the Congolese Federation of Football Association (FECOFA), Constant Omari Selemani, who subsequently resigned due to his financial records at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) where he served until his departure as interim president, and at the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) where he was a member of the Executive Board.

The burning file of the defenestration of the Leopards could cause other victims, in particular the Ministry in charge of Sports and Leisure and FECOFA, institutions which seem to have lived in hypocrisy for several months, particularly since the moment when IGF set foot in the dish where the institutions mentioned above were fed. And, there is even mention of a motion of no confidence, which would be in the making in the National Assembly against the Minister in charge of Sports.

This unhealthy climate could have repercussions on the performance of the Leopards in the next qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations (CAN), which will start in two months.