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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is playing their last game against Niger on Monday January 25, 2021. With 4 points to their credit, the Congolese team have not yet qualified and will have to fight hard to advance to the next round. But the Leopards will come onto the pitch with a handicap: they will only play with one goalkeeper, without a replacement.
It is at 8:00 p.m. (Kinshasa time) that the Leopards will face the Mena of Niger. If the DRC (4 points) only need a draw for the quarter-finals, Niger (2 points) will have to do everything to win and qualify and take the next step.
On paper, the DRC, double title holder of CHAN will appear with only one goalkeeper. The team is decimated by the Coronavirus pandemic. 12 players tested positive. In total, 15 members of the delegation, including the main coach, Florent Ibenge.
According to the latest information, the first group tested positive, consisting of 5 players tested negative after being in quarantine at the start of the competition.
Despite this handicap, assistant coach Pamphile Mihayo remains confident and promises that his players have had a good game against Libya and will certainly do the same on Monday against Niger. “
“Although we are wiped out [by the Coronavirus] with the absence of several elements but also of our head coach. The latter regularly follows training and our matches and is in constant contact with us to give us his instructions and recommendations. Against Niger, we will play hard to ensure our qualification in the quarter-finals. We are certainly the double winner of the tournament, but we must now show our true face and our real football ”, affirmed Mihayo, quoted by the Internet site of CAF.
Niger coach Harouna Doula’s line is almost identical. He is also keen on the qualification of his team, which involves a victory over the DRC.
“We have to believe in our chances. You have to get your claws out to be effective in the game. In two matches, we have conceded only two goals on individual errors. The players must recover well to approach this team of the DRC in all serenity. We have to play a big game on Monday. It is a meeting where the players must rise to the challenge. We have to go get this qualification. We have no problem with acclimatization in Yaoundé after taking part in an internship in the Cameroonian capital, ”said Harouna Doula.
The CAF website says this will be the first meeting between Niger and DR Congo in the African Nations Championship.
Niger have not won any of their last 6 African Nations Championship matches (4 draws, 2 losses), having won 2 of their first 3 (1 loss). He could qualify for the quarter-finals for the second time after the 2011 edition (eliminated by Sudan after penalties).
DR Congo have lost just one of their last 6 African Nations Championship group stage matches (4 wins, 1 draw), and could qualify for the knockout stage for the 5th time in 5 participations.
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