'I could've been the next Drogba'

Democratic Republic of Congo record goalscorer Dieumerci Mbokani believes he could have emulated the career of Didier Drogba if it weren’t for a regretful transfer snub.

Born in Kinshasa, Mbokani, now at Belgian top-flight side Royal Antwerp, netted 18 goals in 40 caps for DRC in a topsy-turvy international career.

He played in three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and won bronze with the Leopards in the 2015 edition, but his last appearance dates back to the 2017 Afcon quarter-finals.

Despite boasting the record-breaking feats for DRC, he believes his career should have reached even further heights, that would have marked on par with some of the continent’s greatest ever players.

Now, 32, Mbokani started his European career at Anderlecht in 2006 in a short-term deal, after netting a staggering 67 goals in 72 games for TP Mazembe.

After scoring four goals in nine league outings during the loan deal, the robust striker joined rivals Standard Liege, where he scored 50 goals and registered 21 assists in 120 games – winning two league titles.

Liverpool soon expressed interest in bringing the prolific forward to Anfield upon Roy Hodgson’s arrival as manager but Mbokani decided to opt for a move to AS Monaco instead.

And he now admits he regrets his move to France and feels it stunted his meteoric rise.

And he now admits he regrets his move to France and feels it stunted his meteoric rise.

“When I played at Standard, I had the choice between Monaco and Liverpool,” he told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.


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