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Ibenge: RS Berkane appoints former Congolese manager

The former Shanghai Shenhua and Vita Club tactician will continue his driving career at the Stade Municipal de Berkane giants

Former DR Congo boss Florent Ibenge has been appointed new permanent manager of RS Berkane after signing a two-year contract.

The 59-year-old, who previously coached the Leopards, Shanghai Shenhua and Vita Club, will succeed Juan Pedro Benali in Berkane.

The Oranges Boys have now officially unveiled Ibenge at the Stade Municipal de Berkane, as they expect him to build a formidable team ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.

“On July 5 at the club’s headquarters, coach Florent Ibenge officially signed a two-season contract,” the Moroccan club wrote Instagram.

“The signing of the former DR Congo coach and Vita Club team took place after they agreed on all the details of the contract and set the goals he will work on over the next two seasons.”

The retired center will take control of the Botola Pro for the first time on Thursday when RS Berkane travels to Ittihad Tanger in the final game of the season.

Ibenge started his managerial career with the French team ES Wasquehal in 2008 before leaving for SC Douai between 2010 and 2011.

After that, he was appointed manager of the Chinese Shanghai Shenhua in April 2012, before he was shown the way out after one month of running affairs.

Shortly after his first tournament at Vita Club in 2014, he was appointed head coach of the DR Congo senior national team.

However, he will end his five-year reign as Leopards manager after the country’s round of 16 at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

He previously led the country to the Afcon final in 2015, where they finished third – their best final in the biennial Afrikaans soccer tournament since 1998.

Thereafter, he returned to Vita Club for a second period in August 2019.

After an impressive outing in the 2019-2020 campaign where they won the Caf Confederation Cup and were third in the Moroccan elite division, RS Berkane recently struggled.

This season they could not qualify for the knockout phase of the Confederations Cup after finishing third in Group B, where they faced JS Kabylie (Algeria), Coton Sport (Cameroon) and NAPSA Stars (Zambia).

With a match in the Moroccan league, the outfit in Berkane occupy the fifth position after scoring 33 points from 25 matches.

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