By Angu Lesley – Cameroon
DR Congo head coach Florent Ibenge has been cleared to return to his duties after recovering from the coronavirus and is available for his side going forward.
Ibenge who has only led the two-time African Nations Championship (CHAN) winners once from his dugout since arriving Cameroon watched on from the recovery unit as his side secured a quarter-final slot with a 2-1 win against Niger on Tuesday.
And the atmosphere in his squad was made even better with the declaration from health officials that Ibenge together with three players will be allowed to re-join the team’s camp after returning negative tests.
The return of especially the lead trainer just in time for Saturday’s derby quarter-final in the CHAN is a huge boast for his side.
The Leopards will have a larger squad to pick from for their quarter-final clash against Cameroon at the Japoma stadium on Saturday evening.
First choice keeper Ley Matamphi, defender Guy Serge Mukumi and Doxa Gikanji who have missed crucial games recently due to COVID-19 also tested negative on Wednesday.
DR Congo assistant coach Mihayo who was in charge of the team on Tuesday, has revealed that he had the full support of Ibenge in his absence.
Ibenge and Cameroon’s coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile will go head-to-head for the second time in their coaching career. The latter won the last competitive last meeting between the two.
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