Friday, February 2
•Nigeria 1-0 Angola
•DR Congo 3-1 Guinea
Saturday, February 3
•Mali Vs Ivory Coast – 8pm
•Cape Verde Vs South Africa – 11pm
In a thrilling clash at the Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara, DR Congo emerged victorious, sealing their place in the 2023 AFCON semi-finals with a commanding 3-1 triumph over Guinea.
Despite an early setback with Mohamed Bayo converting a 20th-minute penalty for Guinea, DR Congo showcased resilience as captain Chancel Mbemba rose to head in an equalizer just seven minutes later.
The Leopards intensified their efforts in the second half, with Cedric Bakambu missing a golden opportunity before Silas drew a crucial penalty, allowing Yoane Wissa to calmly slot home and put DR Congo in the lead.
Guinea struggled to recover, and DR Congo sealed the deal late in the game when Arthur Masuaku fired in a stunning third goal, securing a spot in the semi-finals.
The victory highlighted DR Congo’s power and quality, setting the stage for a potential first African crown since 1974. They now await the outcome of the clash between hosts Cote d’Ivoire and Mali in the semifinals.
Despite the defeat, Guinea can take pride in their impressive run, reaching the last eight for only the third time in their history. DR Congo’s dominant performance showcased their determination to claim the coveted title in the ongoing AFCON tournament.