DRC goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba
Wednesday Sep 10, 2014. 16:44
Ndombe Mubele and Jeremy Bokila gave DR Congo an important 2-0 victory away at Sierra Leone to register their first win in Group D of Africa Nations Cup Qualifying.
Over the past weekend, Sierra Leone had lost away to Ivory Coast as DR Congo went down to Cameroon.
But The Leopards of DRC turned their form around to register an important win away from home and score a valuable three points.
Going into the game, DRC had to do without key midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu who was injured in the Cameroon loss. But coach Florent Ibenge gave the skipper’s armband to TP Mazembe’s charismatic skipper Robert Kidiaba, who inspired his teammates to the win.
The first goal opportunity arrived after 12 minutes when DR Congo defender Chancel Mbemba missed the target from close range.
And DRC had to wait until just before the half time break to find their next scoring chance as Jean Kasusula and Lema Mabidi got shots away on goal, but they could not make it count.
But the breakthrough came seven minutes into the second half when AS Vita Club striker Firmin Ndombe Mubele broke the deadlock following a good run behind the Sierra Leone defence.
And just ten minutes later, Mubele was very close to his second goal of the afternoon but his attempt flew wide of goal.
With two minutes left until the 90, DRC substitute Jeremy Bokila made it 2-0 following a cross by Cedric Mabwati as the visitors sealed an important win their first in the group.