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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) winners will grace this year’s COSAFA Castle Cup in Namibia as the guest team.
They are members of the Central African Football Federations' Union (UNIFFAC) and they have been inactive in the regional competition having pulled out of the 2003 UNIFAC Cup.
At the 2000 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) the Leopards finished third in their group, and in 2002 they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Senegal.
Then in 2004 the Leopards were eliminated by three straight defeats in the group stages. And then in 2006, led by Claude Le Roy, having finished second in the group behind Cameroon, were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Egypt.
In the 2015 AFCON, DR Congo qualified from their group with 3 points and finished 2nd place in the group behind Tunisia.
Therefore they advanced to the quarter finals to play against their rivals Republic of Congo and they came from two goals down to win 4-2. However, they were knocked out by Ivory Coast who won 3-1 in the semi-finals.
Current Leopards head coach Jean-Florent Ibengé became took charge of the team in August 2014, combining this role with his job at DRC outfit Vita Club.
Experienced defender Joël Kimwaki Mpela, who currently plays for African and DRC giants TP Mazembe, is the Leopards captain.
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