AFCON AFCON 2023: Spirited DR Congo deserved draw against Zambia – Grant

Zambia coach Avram Grant gave credit to DR Congo have they secured a 1-1 draw against Zambia in their Africa Cup of Nations opener on Wednesday.

The Leopards started brightly but fell behind against the run of play when Kings Kangwa capitalised on a goalkeeping error to fire the Chipolopolo ahead in the 23rd minute. The Congolese deservedly drew level just before half-time when Yoane Wissa converted Cedric Bakambu’s low cross.

“It was a difficult match for both teams but DR Congo were much better than us,” admitted Grant, adding: “We moved the ball well but it was difficult for our attackers against big, strong defenders.”

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On their next game against Tanzania, Grant said: “Every game is different and the next one will be different from this one. We will surely put in place another tactic to seek victory against Tanzania.”

The draw left DR Congo behind Morocco on goal difference after the Atlas Lions thrashed Tanzania 3-0 earlier on Sunday. Morocco’s emphatic win over the Taifa Stars meant the Atlas Lions top Group D with three points followed by DR Congo and Zambia with a point each.

DR Congo will play Morocco next on Sunday, January 21 at the Stade Laurent Pokou in San Pedro while Zambia will take on Tanzania.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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