MATCH CENTRE

SUN 07 FEBRUARY 2016, 18:30, KIGALI

3
VS
0

DRC romp to second CHAN title

by BackPageTXT

Mon February 08, 10:22

DR Congo became the first team to win two African Nations Championship titles after crushing Mali 3-0 in the 2016 final at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali on Sunday evening.

The Leopards – who claimed their first title in the inaugural CHAN tournament in the Ivory Coast in 2009 – secured the emphatic win thanks to a brace from the brilliant Mechak Elia and a fine strike by Jonathan Bolingi.

The first clear chance of the game went the way of DRC after just five minutes, with Zacharie Mombo providing a fine cross from the left flank to pick out Mechak Elia, but the forward put his header just over the crossbar.

Mali then had a couple of chances for Mamdou Coulibaly, the second of which saw him run onto a clever lob over the defence before steering a chip just off target as DRC goalkeeper Ley Matampi sprinted off his line to put the forward under pressure.

On 29 minutes the Leopards broke the deadlock with one of the best goals of the tournament. Mecjak Elia sprinted onto a long ball down the left flank, cut inside one defender and sent an unstoppable right-footed shot beyond Djigui Diarra from a tight angle.

Mali missed out on a good chance to equalise on 35 minutes, with Matampi saving from a long-range effort but only succeeding in allowing the ball to bounce freely in the danger area, yet Abdoulaye Diarra’s follow-up was straight at the Leopards ‘keeper.

DRC doubled their advantage just after the hour mark and it was Elia who again found the back of the net, running onto a great through ball from midfield before rounding the goalkeeper and coolly finishing to make it 2-0.

On 73 minutes the Leopards killed off the match as a contest, with Jonathan Bolingi firing home a low shot from the edge of the box to make it 3-0 and wrap up the scoring in what was very much a one-sided final.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
DR CONGO MALI
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
23
Goalkeeper
22
Defender
12
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
17
Defender
3
Defender
15
Defender
2
Defender
14
5
Defender
3
Defender
19
Defender
15
Defender
23
Defender
2
13
Midfielder
6
Defender
4
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
12
Forward/Striker
18
Midfielder
11
Forward/Striker
9
Midfielder
6
Forward/Striker
21
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
18
Forward/Striker
13
Forward/Striker
20
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
7
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