Saturday Jan 31, 2015. 23:37
Claude Le Roy has admitted Congo-Brazzaville were punished by DR Congo after failing to handle the euphoria of a 2-0 lead.
Congo Brazzaville squandered a two-goal advantage after a scoreless first half to collapse 4-2 to DR Congo in a 2015 Africa Cup quarterfinal derby played in Bata on Saturday night.
"When you are leading 2-0, it is not finished. We have always known that DR Congo have huge potential," Le Roy said.
"When we were 2-0 up, we were not far from the dream. But we became euphoric after we scored our second goal and we also lacked a little bit of experience at this level."
Congo-Brazzaville scored twice in a space of six minutes against the run of play to send DR Congo reeling on to the ropes courtesy of goals by Ferebory Dore and Thievy Bifouma in the 55th and 61st minutes respectively.
However, DR Congo regained their composure when Dieumerci Mbokani made it 2-1 in the 65th minute while Jeremy Bokila equalised six minutes later.
DR Congo raced past the Red Devils when Joel Kimwaki headed in goal number three before Mbokani completed his brace in stoppage time.
The 1972 champions head back home disappointed and still without an Africa Cup semifinal appearance since 1974.