Despite being with a star-studded squad, Democratic Republic of Congo’s progression chances into the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations knockout stage are hanging on a shoestring.
This follows their 2-0 defeat by the hosts Egypt at Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Ahmed El Mohamady and Mohamed Salah scored the first half goals for the Pharaohs which saw the Leopards lose twice out of the two games in the tournament.
The Leopards were also defeated 2-0 by Uganda Cranes where they disappointingly performed during their opening game.
The Florent Ibenge coached side produced some good performances throughout the game which saw them hit the woodwork twice, through Marcel Tisserand and Jonathan Bolingi but were unable to find the back of the net.
“It’s disappointing for all of us but especially the players that we find ourselves in this situation at the tournament,” Ibenge said in the post-match press conference.
The two-time champions have to win their last game against Zimbabwe on Sunday if they are to stand any chance of qualifying to the Round of last 16.
They can only achieve that by grabbing one of the four spots available to teams finishing third in their group.
“We have no choice, we have to win on last game and hope that we can be one of the four third best placed teams,” Ibenge added.
DR Congo came to Egypt as one of the favorites of the tournament given their pedigree and the fact that they finished third in 2015 and made quarter-final exit two years ago.
The loss to the record champions Egypt confirmed the latter into the round of 16 joining Nigeria who defeated Guinea 1-0, also on Wednesday.