Ex-TP Mazembe keeper Robert Kidiaba wins parliamentary seat in DRC

Ex-TP Mazembe keeper Robert Kidiaba wins parliamentary seat in DRC

- Robert Kidiaba has been declared winner of the Lubumbashi parliamentary seat

- The legendary TP Mazembe keeper is known for his bizarre goal celebrations

- The 42-year-old made his debut for DRC in 2002 before calling it quits in 2015

Legendary TP Mazembe and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) goalkeeper, Robert Kidiaba, has been declared winner of the Lubumbashi parliamentary seat.

Tension has been high in DRC over the delay of announcement of results of the hotly contested elections held in December.

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Kidiaba, who is famed for his unique bum shuffle goal celebration which involves bouncing around his penalty area on his backside joined competitive politics in 2015.

The decorated shot-stopper made his debut for the national team in 2002, and has since featured in 11 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches for the central African nation.

Aside from his illustrious football career, the shot-stopper also worked as an ambassador for the Peace One Day charity.

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The polls, which were supposed to have taken place two years ago, will see President Joseph Kabila end his 18-year reign as head of state of the oil-rich country.

Since the declaration of Kidiba's victory, football fans have taken to social media to send tribute messages to the goalkeeper.

The father of three now joins a host of other top African footballers including Liberia's George Weah, who have waded into competitive politics in their respective countries.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Cameroon legend Samuel Eto'o believes African coaches are treated as second class citizens in spite of their rich qualifications and experiences.

The former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker claims their (African coaches) chances of securing top managerial jobs in Europe are limited owing to lack of confidence.

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