AFCON AFCON 2023: Guinea ready for DR Congo battle – Kaba Diawara

Guinea head coach Kaba Diawara says his side are mentally and physically prepared to face DR Congo in their quarter-final clash of the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday.

The fixture at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Ebimpe will be the fourth AFCON encounter between the nations, with DR Congo yet to beat Guinea in three previous group stage meetings, including a 2-1 loss in their last meeting in 2004.

DR Congo have reached the quarter-finals without winning a single game in normal time.

Speaking ahead of the game, Diawara said: “We are ready for the battle, both mentally and physically. We entered this AFCON conditioned to play seven finals. If it comes to penalties, we will go for it.”

With a first AFCON semi-final since 2015 on the line, Guinea striker Sory Kaba stressed the need for efficiency. “Against a compact Congolese team, we will have to be rigorous and efficient. The team that makes the least mistakes will go through,” Kaba stated.

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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