EBEBIYIN: THE Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia played a one-all draw in the opening Group B match at the Orange Africa Cup of Nations.
The two sides were inseparable in a lukewarm encounter played under hot conditions at the Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin on Sunday evening.
Zambia got off to a perfect start perfect start as Given Silunguma, with hardly a minute played, curled in a beauty from the penalty arc with the Congolese defence yet to settle..
Dieurmerci Mbokani was presented an opportunity to draw his side level but he failed to punish a spill by the usually reliable Kennedy Mweene.
The match took a slumber save for a couple of chances that Mweene saved from the dangerous Mbokani as DRC finished the half the stronger of the two sides.
The second stanza started in similar fashion to the opening half but Mbokani could not convert his effort from close range. Incessant pressure paid off for the Congolese midway into the second half when Yannick Bolasie expertly from inside the 18-yard box after the Zambia defence easily lost possession.
Neither side could find the winning goal as the tournament witnessed its second draw in four games after Saturday’s opener between hosts Equatorial Guinea and Congo finished likewise. Senegal and Carpe Verde were scheduled to contest another Group B tie on Sunday eveining.
Zambia- Mwene, Nkausu, Mbola, Mtonga, Sunzu, Sinkala, Singuluma, Lungu, Kalaba (cpt) Kampamba, Mayuka
DRC- Kidiaba, Mpeko, Mongongu, Kimwaki, Kasusula, Chance Mbemba, Mulumbu, Herve Kage, Firmin Mubela, Mbokani, Bolasie.
SOURCE: CAJ News Agency