By Anye Nde Nsoh
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Two time champions of the CHAN DR Congo have swipe passed neighbouring Congo Republic 1#0 in the second game of group B at the Japoma Sports Complex Sunday January 17, 2021.
2009 and 2016 Champions of The African Nations Championship DR Congo while locking horns with Congo ensured readiness and determination to get hold of a third trophy.
Congo Republic gave the go-ahead for the second game with so much sluggishness that one could easily say they were not prepared for the championship.
First free kick by DR Congo barely three minutes into the game, both sides went head high featuring a clearance out of Congo Republic’s side by Dimitri.
Eight minutes a counter attack was launched by the boys of coach Florent Ibenge but defender Dimitri Magnokele of Congo Republic sent it through the white line giving the first corner kick of the game in favour of DRC.
While the game went on, as thirsty as Ibenge and his boys were, Fiston Kalala came in with a hard kick in search for a goal but yielded no fruit.
Congo Republic had her first corner kick in 15minutes of play leading a tough battle by both sides answering the call of another corner kick for Congo Republic. A poor finish was the end product.
Congo Republic created more scoring chances, contrarily none was made useful for the first half.
45 seconds to the end of the first segment, a courageous corner kick was sent forth by DR Congo, to no avail. This last action ended the first half in a goaless tie
DR Congo 0#0 Congo
Launched by DR Congo this time, rapid plays, tactical dribbling moves and long shots were the genesis of the game. This yielded the first goal of group B by Chico U. Wa Kabanza who plays for TP Mazembe one minute into the second half
DRC 1#0 Congo Republic. DR Congo, highest number of trophies in the CHAN came on to prove themselves taking advantage of the weaknesses of her opponent.
Congo Republic took possession of the game struggling to have an equalizer unfortunately for them, brilliant interceptions and counter attacks was what DRC retaliated with
Goal scorer Chico U. Wa Kabanza was kicked, unable to continue and was immediately replaced by John’s Kabangu Kadima who playes for Motema Pembe
Congo Republic anticipating for a better game, brought in Prince Obongo to take the place of Bercy Langa Lesse.
DRC got hold of the game 68 minutes of play, a long one sent upfront by goalkeeper Matampi Ngumbi who doubles as captain, poor defending skills from Congo Republic almost landing their side in danger, goalkeeper Pavelh Ndila came to their rescue
Chandrel Massa in a powerful shoot-out, 72 minutes, crosses the whiteline for a goal kick to DRC.
Kiekje Karim of DRC substituted for Jeremie Mumbere
Wadol Djuma of DRC who plays for AS Vita Club was booked a yellow card, first in the game
Cross in sent to the 18meters box of DRC poor finishing could not help for an equalizer.
Dimitri Magnokele of Congo Republic in trying to help his side securing the defence line earned himself a yellow card.
Building a concrete squad to seek help Chandrel Massanga was sent out for Aime Nkounkou.
An additional four minutes could not save Congo Republic who accepted defeat from her neighbour.
DRC backs home three points top of group B
DR Congo 1#0 Congo Republic
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