After losing their two opening games at the 2019 Total Africa Cup Nations, against Uganda Cranes and Egypt, DR Congo’s chances of qualifying to the knockout stage were left in shambles.
The two-time tournament winners need to win their last group game against Zimbabwe on Sunday June 30th if they are to stand any chance of making it to the Round of 16. Atleast as one of the four best third-placed teams.
Their head coach Florent Ibenge is confident DR Congo will give whatever they can to see that they win against Zimbabwe.
“We will fight against Zimbabwe in order to win and get the three points,” Ibenge said.
Despite their decimal show against Uganda, the 57-year-old tactician believes his charges were just unlucky to lose against Egypt because they did everything possible to win.
“After the unacceptable performance we produced against Uganda, we played a great game against Egypt. We didn’t deserve to lose. We were closer to a draw, but the crossbar denied us two goals before Salah’s goal, which made things difficult.”
After Egypt confirmed their spot in the Round of last 16, there is one more slot for grabs in Group A.
Uganda Cranes on four points are looking for only one point in their last game against Egypt to make Round of last 16 qualification a reality.
However, DR Congo’s opponents Zimbabwe are looking for maximum points against the Leopards on June 30th, with at least a 2-0 margin and pray that Egypt can defeat Uganda in order for them to advance.