Most of the African talents come from the Democratic Republic of Congo. unfortunately, the French-speaking country loses most of its potential players as they all tent to move to Europe, especially France and Belgium. Here is a line-up of Congolese players who rejected the Democratic Republic of Congo for other countries.
11. Goalkeeper: Steve Mandanda (France)
Mandanda is a goalkeeper for Ligue 1 club Olympique de Marseille and France national team. Born in Kinshasa, Mandanda has three younger brothers, who are also goalkeepers: Parfait, goalkeeper of Charleroi and Congolese international; Riffi, goalkeeper of AC Ajaccio and France U-16; and Ever, goalkeeper of Lusitanos Saint-Maur.
10. Defender: Jose Bosingwa (Portugal)
Born in Mbandaka, Zaire to a Portuguese father and a Congolese mother, Bosingwa moved with his parents at a very young age to Seia in the Portuguese hinterland, in the Guarda District. He plays for Portugal national team.
9. Defender: Vincent Kompany (Belgium)
Kompany is a Belgian central defender and captains both English club Manchester City and the Belgium national team. Kompany’s father, Pierre, is a Congolese immigrant to Belgium and serves as his agent. His mother, Jocelyne, is Belgian.
8. Defender: Eliaquim Mangala (France)
Mangala was born to Congolese parents. They moved to Belgium when he was five. Mangala made his debut with the France senior team in 2013 and was included in France’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016.
7. Defender: Jason Denayer (Belgium)
Born in Brussels, Belgium, to a Congolese mother and Belgian father, Denayer started playing football at age six. He was named in Belgium’s 23-man squad for the 2016 European Championships.
6. Midfielder: Steven N’Zonzi (France)
Steven N’Kemboanza Mike Christopher N’Zonzi was born in Colombes, France, to Congolese parents. He earned his first call-up to the France U-21 team in 2009. In 2011 he refused to commit to the DR national team for structural problems at the administrative level. He did not rule out playing for the Congolese national team in the future. In 2012, he again turned DR Congo down.