Cedric Bakambu has said that he still wants to win the African Cup of Nations with the Democratic Republic of Congo before he retires from international.
The Beijing Guoan striker said that inspiring the Leopards to African glory remains his ultimate goal. The DRC last won the trophy in 1974.
In an interview with RFI, said he wants to restore the country's continental pride before he quits football.
"Winning the AFCON is every footballer's childhood dream. It's tough but I believe we will do it with the Leopards," he said.
But first, Bakambu says that he and his team have to contend with the qualifying campaign. The Congolese are third in Group D with two points after draws with the Gambia and Gabon.
“It is never easy to qualify, especially for us. We are the kings of calculation, we always qualify with difficulty. But as long as we are in still in contention, anything is possible. The biggest opponent I think in this is ourselves. We are capable of the best or the worst," he says.
Bakambu was born in France and started his career with Sochaux in 2010. He then moved to Bursaspor for €1.8 million, finishing as top scorer as his team came runners-up in the Turkish Cup, before signing for Villarreal a year later.
He has represented France internationally at youth level up to the under-20s, scoring eight goals in 38 games and winning the 2010 UEFA European Championship for the under-19s. In 2015, he made his senior debut for the DR Congo national team.