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Football - DR Congo - Hector Cuper: "I'm sorry I didn't achieve the goals

Football - DR Congo - Hector Cuper: "I'm sorry I didn't achieve the goals

Hector Cuper is no longer the coach of DR Congo. His contract was officially terminated by the Minister of Sports Serge Nkonde after a meeting held on Tuesday 5 July in Kinshasa.

The story between Hector Cuper and the national team of DR Congo is officially over. Fourteen months after the arrival of the Argentine coach on the bench of the Leopards. The Argentine technician and the Congolese government have officially terminated the contract on Tuesday, July 5. The ceremony was organized at the office of the Minister of Sports, Serge Nkonde. And in the presence of members of the Executive Committee of the Federation.

Hector Cuper thus leaves the DRC with a feeling of unfinished business. He has not succeeded in achieving his main objective: that of qualifying the DRC for the 2022 World Cup. "I confirm that I am no longer coach of the DRC. Football has good and bad moments. I'm sorry I didn't manage to reach my objectives. This is football. All I can do at this moment is to thank the federation and the DRC for the opportunity they gave me. I would have liked things to have ended differently but unfortunately," said Cuper.

Compensation kept secret
According to the contract that bound him to the Congolese government, Hector Cuper should, in case of breach of the lease by the Congolese party, benefit from the total sum of his salary for all remaining months of his contract. This was to be around 600,000 euros.

After negotiations, this sum was revised downwards thanks to this amicable separation. But no revelation was made about the exact amount Cuper received. "The agreements were respected. But I can't reveal the exact amount. I only have to thank everyone for the way I was treated during the time I spent here (in DR Congo)," said the Argentine coach.

A mixed record
In 14 months at the helm of the Leopards' technical staff, Hector Cuper's record is not very good. In 13 matches played with the team, he recorded only 3 wins against 5 defeats and 5 draws. The last two defeats in the first two days of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Gabon (1-0) and Sudan (2-1) were fatal.

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