Another exciting knockouts encounter kickoff on Sunday when Egypt lock horns with DR Congo at Laurent Pokou Stadium in San Pedro. The Democratic Republic of Congo has paved the way for an exciting last-16 showdown against the historic seven-time champions Egypt.
Both teams qualified as runner-up from their respective group with three points each after getting a draw outcome in all their group stage matches.
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Egypt is the most successful nation in the tournament after lifting the trophy seven times. Despite this record, their recent struggles don’t mirror their history, with their last successful season being 14 years ago. The Pharaohs parade stars like Mohammed Salah of Liverpool and Elneny of Arsenal but couldn’t win a single match in the ongoing tournament.
They qualified because they didn’t lose any matches as well, they recorded draws in their matches against Mozambique, Ghana, and Cape Verde. Salah featured in two of those matches after limping off in the game against Ghana, and remains a doubt to feature in this round.
The Democratic Republic of Congo secured second place in AFCON Group F with three points. They advanced alongside group winners Morocco. They shared a similar record with Egypt, sharing the spoils with Zambia, Morocco, and Tanzania. DR Congo, aiming for their first continental title since 1974, will face Egypt in San Pedro on Sunday.
Despite a blunt attacking display against Tanzania, they look to improve against Egypt, whom they haven’t beaten since their title-winning campaign 50 years ago. D.R. Congo’s midfielder Gael Kakuta had to make an early departure in the last group game due to injury. Omenuke Mfulu will likely fill his spot in the starting lineup.
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The forthcoming match between Egypt and DR Congo is their 13th encounter across all competitions, including friendlies. In the 2019 AFCON, the Pharaohs claimed a 2-0 win, with Ahmed Elmohamady and Mohamed Salah finding the back of the net.
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