MATCH CENTRE

WED 15 OCTOBER 2014, 19:00, ABIDJAN

3
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4

DR Congo hunt down Elephants to avenge defeat

by Kalumiana Kalumiana

Wed October 15, 23:11

DR Congo recorded a giant-killing act in Abidjan on Wednesday when they shocked hosts Cote d’Ivoire 4-3 in a 2015 Africa Cup Group D qualifier.

The defeat was The Elephants second in the qualifiers after suffering a rare home loss in competitive action.

DR Congo got off to a dream start through midfielder Neeskens Kebano who scored on his debut in the 21st minute just days after he been cleared to play for the 1974 champions by FIFA.

Yaya Toure equalised in the 23rd minute but DR Congo were not overawed by their star studded opponents and on 33 minutes Cercle Brugge striker Junior Kabananga put the visitors back in the lead.

Jeremy Bokila extended DR Congo’s lead in the 36th minute put them 3-1 into the break.

It got from bad to worse for Cote d'Ivoire two minutes after the break when they were reduced to ten men after Franck Kessie was sent off for a foul on Kabananga.

However, did not break Cote d’Ivoire’s resolve who hit back courtesy of a Salomon Kalou brace in the 68th and 72 minutes.

But DR Congo were not done when Bokila had the last say with the winning goal in the 88th minute to complete a memorable win for his side and avenge last Saturdays 2-1 home loss in Kinshasa.

Cote d’Ivoire drop to third place exchanging places with DR Congo who return to number two on goal difference with six points each, four behind leaders Cameroon.

 

Côte d’Ivoire 3 (1) – DR Congo 4 (3)

Goals:
Neeskens Kebano (21’), Junior Kabananga (33’), Jérémy Bokila (36’ and 88’) for DR Congo
Yaya Touré (24’), Salomon Kalou (68’ and 72’) for Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire: Copa, Aurier, Kessié, Diarrassouba, Tiéné, Tioté, Kouamé (Kalou 46’), Gradel (Dja Djédjé 60’), Y. Touré, Gervinho, Bony

DR Congo: Kidiaba, Mpeko, Mongongu, Mbemba, Kasusula, Zakuani, Mulumbu, Bolasie, Kebano (Mabwati 67’), Kabananga (Boungui 61’), Bokila (Ebunga 90+2’)

Red cards: Franck Kessié (47’)

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
COTE D'IVOIRE DR CONGO
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
16
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
13
Defender
0
Defender
4
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
17
Defender
0
12
Defender
5
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
6
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
18
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
8
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
12
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