Tunisia and DR Congo in top of the log clash

Tunisia and DR Congo in top of the log clash
Paul Mpoku of DR Congo (8) celebrates goal with teammates during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Togo and DR Congo at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 24 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. 09:30

Tunisia will lock horns with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Stade Olympique de Rades in Rades on Friday.

Kick-off is at 22h00 CAT.

The Carthage Eagles stunned Egypt 1-0 at home in their previous competitive game which was the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier last June.

Nabil Maaloul, who was reappointed in April, 2017, is in his second stint as the Carthage Eagles head coach - having coached the national team in 2013.

Tunisia are placed second on the Group A standings with six points from two matches. They are only behind group leaders DRC on goal-difference.

Taha Yassine Khenissi, who plays for Tunisian giants Esperance, is Carthage Eagles' dangerman and the striker will be hoping to help his nation overcome DRC.

Meanwhile, DRC thrashed Congo-Brazzaville 3-1 at home in the 2019 AFCON qualifier two months ago and it remains their last competitive match.

The Leopards are still under the guidance of Florent Ibenge, who was appointed in 2014. He guided DRC to the African Nations Championship (CHAN) title.

DRC are placed at the top of Group A standings with six points with four matches left. They are only ahead of second-placed Tunisia on goal-difference.

Cedric Bakambu, who is currently playing for Spanish outfit Villarreal, is one of DRC's dangermen and he will be keen to inspire his nation to victory.

Referee Eric Otogo-Castane, who is from Gabon, will be in charge of the encounter between Tunisia and DRC.

The return leg match will be played at the Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa, DRC next week Tuesday.

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