The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are hoping to overcome Morocco in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group C game at the Stade d’Oyem in Gabon on Monday.
Kick-off is at 21h00 CAT.
The Leopards are keen to end their 43-year wait for another AFCON title. They won the 1968 and 1974 titles in Ethiopia and Egypt respectively.
DR Congo head coach Florent Ibenge has built a strong team in the last few years and they managed to do well in the last AFCON finals.
Eventual champions Ivory Coast beat the Leopards 3-1 in an action-packed semi-final encounter and ultimately, they finished third in Equatorial Guinea.
Meanwhile, Morocco are another team looking to end their long wait for an AFCON trophy – having won it once in 1976 in Ethiopia.
The Lions of the Atlas missed the last AFCON finals as they were suspended by CAF after refusing to host the prestigious tournament due to an Ebola virus epidemic.
Herve Renard, the Morocco coach, is hoping to win his second AFCON title in the last five years having won it with Zambia and Ivory Coast in 2012 and 2015 respectively.
However, Renard’s men will face a stubborn DR Congo side under the guidance of Ibenge, who won the 2016 CHAN tournament with the Leopards, in their first Group C game.
Cedric Bakambu – DR Congo
The 25-year-old forward established himself as a key player for the Leopards during the 2017 AFCON qualifying campaign netting three goals. The French-born striker represented France at the 2010 UEFA European Championship for the Under-19s. He only began playing for DR Congo in 2015.
Youssef El-Arabi – Morocco
The experienced Morocco international was the top goalscorer in their 2017 AFCON qualifying group with four goals. The 29-year-old forward was born in France, but he never played for the European nation. He has been representing the Lions of the Atlas since 2010.
DR Congo FIFA ranking: 49
Morocco FIFA ranking: 57
Matches played: 12
DR Congo Wins: 2
Morocco Wins: 4
DR Congo goals scored: 9
Morocco goals scored: 16
Last match: 09 January 2006 in Rabat – Morocco 3-0 DR Congo
Debate: Is CAF right to unload Kenya from the 2018 CHAN?
This Saturday, CAF has formalized the withdrawal of the organization of CHAN 2018 in Kenya. A decision that opens the debate on the choice of host countries.
The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), among other decisions, met in Accra, Ghana, to announce the withdrawal of the organization of the 2018 CHAN in Kenya.
« With an overwhelming majority of the members present, it was decided to withdraw from the competition in Kenya in the light of the accumulated delays and various reports of the inspection missions conducted in the country, the last of which took place from 11 to 17 September 2017, « said the umbrella body of African football in a statement.
As soon as a call for candidature has been launched and the new country that will host the event will be known within 15 days.
« Instruction has been given to the Secretary-General of CAF, to immediately open a call for candidacy for a new host country. The deadline for receipt of applications is seven days starting Sunday, September 24th. The identity of the host country will be announced within a maximum of 15 days from the opening of the call for applications, « the committee decided.
This decision by Ahmad Ahmad and his executive bureau is salutary to save the competition of a country that is not ready. But the CAF could have avoided these disappointments which could carry a heavy prejudice to African football. Cameroon could have had the same fate as Kenya for CAN 2019.
On what criteria are countries selected to house continental games?
Is there no patronage in the choice of the host country?
What can we do to stop falling into such situations?
We are interested in the debate on Africasports24
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AFCON 2019 Qualifier: Zimbabwe 3-0 Liberia – As it happened
Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Zimbabwe and Liberia from the National Sports Stadium in Harare, on Sunday 11 June 2017.
Liberia: Desouza, Varney, Glay, Dennis, Kennedy, Nimely, Maculey, Numah, Saydee, Kranger, Paye
Zimbabwe: Chigova, Chipeta, Bhasera, Jaure, Hadebe, Nakamba, Phiri, Mahachi, Musona, Rusike, Ndoro
Full time in Harare: Zimbabwe 3-0 Liberia
90′ Chigova collects a dangerous ball into the box. He has been on a holiday, Liberia have failed to give hi tough times
87′ Zimbabwe sub: Karuru on for Mahachi
85′ Zimbabwe knocking the ball around comfortably as the visitors are chasing shadows. Zimbabwe 3-0 Liberia
80′ Excellent save by Desouza to deny Kamusoko from close range. What a save by the Liberian keeper.
75′ Musona continued to trouble the Liberians as he hits the woodwork trying to chip Desouza away from his line.
70′ Zimbabwe sub: E. Rusike for Ndoro
70′ Zimbabwe are enjoying the ball possession, good passes and understanding. Mahachi offside.
GOAL- Musona scores again to make it 3-0 in the 63rd minute. He bags his hat-trick as he converts Partson Jaure’s cross from the left wing.
61′ Yellow card for Nyumah after a dangerous tackle on Nakamba.
60′ Zimbabwe 2-0 Liberia: Another set piece for the visitors on the edge of the box, but the referee sees an offside as Chigova parries the ball away.
57′ Sub for Liberia: Krangar and Paye off
55′ Chipeta misses a free header after Musona delivered a great cross from a short corner.
51′ GOAL – Musona bags his brace in the 51st minute after receiving a perfect cross from Mahachi on the right flank. Zimbabwe 2-0 Liberia.
50′ Liberia pushing to get an equaliser, but they fail to get something out of their set piece on the edge of the area.
46′ Second half starts.
46′ First half comes to an end. Zimbabwe 1-0 Liberia
45′ Liberia nearly silenced the crowds when Nimely failed to capitalise on a defensive error, his curler missed the left post.
40′ Mahachi rattles the cross bar after a beautiful set piece with his right foot.
40′ Zimbabwe still chasing for another goal and Musona fouled by Marcus Macauley on the edge of the area.
35′ Tendai Ndoro sees his great header going wide off the far posts resulting from a corner, with Desouza beaten.
31′ Liberia receive a free kick in a goo area in Zimbabwe’s half and Chipeta is the guilty party. Macauley sees his attempt off target.
25′ GOAL – Musona breaks the deadlock when he catches the Lone Stars’ defence sleeping from a Danny Phiri pass. 1-0 to the Warriors.
20′ Liberian side now settling down in the match, good touches in the middle of the park. They receive a free kick in their own half.
15′ Liberia struggling to hold on to the ball, they lose possession easily to their hosts. No golas after 15 minutes.
10′ Musona shows his quality in the box, beats his marker and takes a shot which deflects off the defender’s hand, but a penalty is not given.
05′ Liberia showing good signs of dominance in the early stages of the match. Zimbabwe now attacking, the visitors stable at the back.
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