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Kimbaloula called up for the Congo national team

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Nõmme Kalju attacking midfielder, Allan Kimbaloula, has earned his first call-up for the national team of Congo.

Allan surrounded by the love of Nõmme Kalju youngest fans at one game in Estonia

Born in Tourcoing (in the French northern region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais) from Congolese father and Cameroon mother, he holds three citizenships. 

Allan has accepted the call-up from Congo national team coach, Claude Le Roy (a past as coach of Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana) after there was an interest from Cameroon U-23 selection.

He is been included by Le Roy in the list of strikers with other ones playing in Europe: Ladislas Douniama (EA Guingamp, FRA) Férébory Doré (Botev Plovdid, BUL), Francis Litsingi (FK Teplice, CZE).

The call-up is due for the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers game (first round) against Namibia taking place on the 17th of May at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek, the capital and largest city of the Atlantic coastal state.

We reached Allan to ask him how the call-up arrived and what are his emotions following such event in his career.

Allan, first of all congratulations for your first call-up ever for a national team game. How did you learn the news about your call-up? Did Le Roy called you personally or via one of his collaborators?

He called me twice personally, and he wanted to come to Estonia to see me. Maybe he'll come on Saturday (Kalju will play against Sillamäe - edit) not sure yet.

Le Roy is a legend of African football...

Indeed! I was a little shocked when he called me.

It's your first call-up and for the national team of the country of one of your parents. What does it represent for you, born in France and grown in the French football?

I'm very proud because it's not usual and my parents are proud too, but it's only the beginning of my projects. Mr Leroy told me that the moment of being called up was going to happen soon. He knows that I am hugely emotional about this and he told me to stay calm, and I will necessarily listen to him because he has advised players with the likes of Samuel Eto'o and George Weah.

I checked the list of call-ups and among some players in the striker's role playing in Congo and Morocco, there are mainly players from Europe. Do you think you can immediately compete for a start in the game against Namibia?

I am not sure, maybe yes, maybe not. They absolutely wanted me for this game. I’ll be back to play against Narva and Levadia, Kalju found a deal with them. I go to play only one game but not both (
second leg at the end of the month - end) and they were happy this way. I know the coach believes in me and I’ll give him back this trust.

'Les Diable Rouges' (Red Devils, as the Congolese NT is nicknamed) are ranked 30th in the CAF ranking, place that earned them a seeded spot at the draw held in Cairo at the end of April.

Congo gaffer Claude Le Roy. He's a legend of African football having coached many national teams of the Black Continent

Congo gaffer Claude Le Roy. He's a legend of African football having coached many national teams of the Black Continent

If they will manage to win the double-legged tie with Namibia (second leg in Brazzavile at the end of the month), they will access the second round where they will face the winner of Lybia vs. Rwanda clash.

A further advacement would bring Congo to the group stage against Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan played in Fall 2014.

The final stage of the competition will be held in Morocco.

Congo are 92nd in the FIFA ranking and have never taken part to World Cup. 
They have won the African Cup only once (1972) and after that they best result was the quarter-finals stage reached in 1992.