Leopards 2 defeats during 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers first and second day left stigma of a disappointment difficult to digest. Several sports actors have expressed themselves on the issue and one of them is ex-DRC captain Tresor Mputu.
On Radio France Internationale, Leopards former captain does not understand the reason of these resounding failures national team. “Before, it was difficult especially for bonuses. Now, I see that with minister Serge Nkonde it works well. Bonus is there at each match. I do not see any problem to fail,” he said.
Visibly disappointed by Leopards performances, Mputu recalls to Congolese sports mentality. “Here at home, we don’t like defeats,” says TP Mazembe midfielder, and gives advice to new generation: “You mustn’t come for money; you must come to play, put on the shirt and satisfy all Congolese people”.
Defeats against Gabon and Sudan cost Argentinian and Leopards coach Hector Cuper his job.