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Florent Ibenge
Ngain Steve Jordan

In Yaounde 

Florent Ibenge has officially resigned as head coach of the Democratic Republic of Congo amid links with a move to South Africa.

Being the 10th coach to have resigned after the AFCON, Ibenge, 57, leaves the national team after five years in charge, in which he combined with his duties as manager of AS Vita Club in the DRC top-flight.

Despite the incredible task of handling both responsibilities, he led The Leopards to a third-place finish at AFCON 2015, the 2016 CHAN title and the quarter-finals of Gabon 2017.

But after a last-16 exit at the hands of Madagascar at Egypt 2019, star striker Cedric Bakambu claimed the respected coach and his technical staff should step down in order for the nation to progress once again.

“I just spoke with the president. I came to tell him my desire and my decision to stop with the national team. Thank you all,” he said, as per Actualite.

“Thanks to President Omari for picking me up in AS Vita Club to give me this position of responsibility, thanks to the leaders of Vita Club who allowed me to come in national team, President Amisi, Papa Kazadi, supporters, to the press. Thank you to my collaborators.”