Congo have secured a 2-0 home victory over Rwanda in Pointe-Noire on Sunday, in the first leg of their second round encounter of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The two sides entered the break on a goalless draw, paving the way for a possible upset from the visitors, but AC Léopards midfielder Césaire Gandzé finally broke the deadlock in the 70th minute for the Red Devils.
And Bulgaria-based forward Férébory Doré sealed the victory for the home side with less than ten minutes to go.
With those two unanswered goals, coach Claude Leroy’s men have done their job before a very tricky trip to Kigali on August 2 for the return leg, and have all the cards in hand to reach the final round of qualifiers.
Amavubi must now score three times without conceding to keep alive their hopes of a second AFCON finals after their first ever appearance in Tunisia in 2004.
The aggregate winners of this double tie will book their spot in Group A where they will be joining South Africa, Sudan and African champions Nigeria.