DR Congo, two times AFCON champion, will face off with Zambia, the 2012 champion, in Laurent Pokou Stadium in San-Pédro for their first Group F game.
Both teams have met twice at the AFCON, with the first clash coming in a final 50 years ago. Congo, known as Zaire, won the match, clinching their second AFCON title. Their second encounter came at the group stage of the 2015 edition, which resulted in a 1-1 draw.
About the game
With both teams in the same group with a heavyweight like Morocco, this match could prove decisive in boosting their qualification chances. Despite losing their first two games, DR Congo secured their ticket to AFCON 2023 as Group I champions. They won the group with 12 points from six matches. Their two losses were noteworthy as they came against the only two teams that missed qualification. DR Congo will feature the current Portuguese Primeira Liga’s leading scorer, Simon Banza, and Brentford’s Yoane Wissa. With two AFCON victories and historical success, they aim for a triumphant return after their 2019 round of 16 exits.
Making a comeback to AFCON after missing the 2015 edition, Zambia is set for their 18th overall participation. The last taste of success for the Zambians in the Africa Cup of Nations came in 2012, triumphing in a penalty shootout against Ivory Coast in the final. However, their fortunes have dwindled, and they haven’t secured a win in any of the six AFCON games after that historic victory. Under the guidance of Avram Grant, they topped Group H during the qualifier match for this tournament. Despite their 2015 disappointment, Zambia eyes redemption in a challenging Group F, adding intrigue to their AFCON comeback.
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This will be one of the most exciting matches to watch in this tournament round, as both teams are willing to throw everything at it to secure maximum points.
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