Chelsea legend Makelele wantsto coach DR Congo

Former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Claude Makelele remains keen to fill the vacant managerial position at DR Congo.

The 49-year-old hopes to become the Leopards’ third manager in three years by replacing experienced Argentine coach Hector Cuper, who was sacked last month.

“We have a lot of talented players at the top level and the chance to manage this great country will obviously be the biggest of my coaching career,” said Makelele, who was born in Kinshasa but played international football for France.

“I have already said that the job does appeal to me and I am more than interested in it.

“To be in charge of the Leopards is an exciting job for whoever gets it and most especially the challenge ahead but we have to wait and see.”

DR Congo missed out on a place at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations held earlier this year in Cameroon, and were then beaten in Africa’s 2022 World Cup play-offs by Morocco in March.

Makelele has previously had managerial spells at Bastia and Belgian club Eupen, but is now back at Chelsea working as a youth coach and technical mentor at Stamford Bridge. –BBC

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