Kidiaba

Kidiaba to retire after Afcon

Published On 07/12/2014 | By AFS Staff | AFCON, Africa, Best of the Rest, CAF Champions League, International, Latest News, Top Stories

Democratic Republic of Congo goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba is to end his international career after the upcoming Cup of Nations.

DRC stopper Kidiaba is approaching the end of his Leopards career.

According to the official TP Mazembe website, the experienced keeper has revealed that he will hang up his international boots following the Afcon.

“The year 2015 is when I have to end my international career with DR Congo and it’s an opportunity not to be missed,” he began, “as captain of the national team, I want to help my country reach a respectable spot beyond our group in Equatorial Guinea.”

The 38-year-old has 52 caps to date and represented the Leopards at the 2013 Cup of Nations in South Africa and the 2004 event in Tunisia.

His Congo side have been drawn into the hard-to-predict Group B for the upcoming showpiece.

“There is no small country in our group but we need to aim higher as a team.” he went on [via BBC Sport], “we must take Cape Verde seriously because they are organised and have proved to everyone that they must be respected.

“As former champions Tunisia are very formidable but we have also shown during the qualifiers that we cannot be underestimated.

“The game that TP Mazembe fans are looking forward to is the opening game against Zambia because Rainford Kalaba and Given Singuluma are well known in Lubumbashi and throughout the country.”

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