Forward Yoane Wissa of the Democratic Republic of Congo stated his team is determined to fly the national flag high after securing a spot in the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations semifinals.
In Friday’s quarterfinal, DR Congo defeated Guinea 3-1 thanks to a key penalty kick from Wissa. This resulted in a matchup with either Mali or the hosts, Cote d’Ivoire, in the last four.
Man of the match winner Lorient striker said it was an honour to represent his country when called upon.
“I like taking on these responsibilities, like all my teammates – we are men and we want to carry our country’s flag to the highest level,” Wissa told reporters.
“I’m ready to play anywhere – attack, midfield, defence. When my country calls on me, I have to be there. I’m so proud to be Congolese.”
It is DR Congo’s third AFCON championship and their first since 1974.
As the team approaches the championship, Wissa stated they have no choice for the opponent they will play next.
“Whether it’s Mali or Cote d’Ivoire, we have no preference. They are two great footballing nations and we have to be ready for them,” he said.
In their pursuit of continental supremacy, the Leopards seem to be nearing their zenith after defeating Guinea in a historically significant fashion to advance to the final four.