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Africa Cup of Nations match report: Ghana draw with DR Congo

Posted: 20 January 2013 Time: 19:41

Ghana let their two-goal lead slip on Sunday, playing out an entertaining 2-2 draw with DR Congo in Port Elizabeth in their Group B Africa Cup of Nations opener.

The Black Stars took a 2-0 lead before the 50th minute mark, but a second half charge from the Leopards handed Claude LeRoy's troops a share of the spoils thanks to goals from captain Tresor Mputu Mabi and Dieudonne ‘Dieumerci’ Mbokani.

It was Ghana who made the first move of the match when Christian Atsu's incisive cross was cleared by Larrys Mabiala for a corner-kick, but the Congolese managed to deal with it.

At the other end, midfielder Derek Boateng intervened to deny Mputu Mabu who was on the break.

DR Congo fired the first warning shot when experienced striker Lualua Lomana smashed the woodwork after Mputu's excellent run from the right.

Mputu missed the match's first real chance when he shockingly shot wide after being teed up from 12 metres inside the box by striker Mbokani.

Ghana responded seven minutes later with a goal threatening strike from 20 metres courtesy of Albert Adomah, but it was off target.

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan was put through on a one-on-one situation but disappointingly shot wide on the half-hour mark.

Nine minutes later Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu opened the scoring, for the match and for the tournament, and Ghana went into the break with a 1-0 lead, despite chasing shadows.

Juventus star Kwadwo Asamoah grabbed the second for Ghana four minutes after the break when he headed in from a corner-kick which rattled the inside of the crossbar.

Captain Mputu pulled one back when he finished off a nice move which carved the Ghana defence open in the 53rd minute to make it 2-1.

Then, debutant Akaminko pulled the shirt of striker striker Mbokani inside the box and the Anderlecht danger-man converted from the penalty spot to draw the Leopards level on 68 minutes.

Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda pulled of a great save to deny Youssouf Mulumbu the third goal after a brilliant move from the wings kept the scores level.

DR Congo keeper Kidibia twice had to deny Gyan by parrying away his efforts.

Ghana's next match is against Mali at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Thursday while DR Congo face Niger.

MTNFootball.com

Previous comments on this story...

Lord Vincent
posted: 07:49 pm
The DRC is full of TP Mazembe players and they point that champions have this ability to take the game to the opposition was there for all to see. A quality that can never be bought. Even before the two goals DRC were playing like they were possessed with Lualua leading the proceedings.

Lualua a player of 32 years of age was simply too good for Ghana in he first half. A KickOff journalist led the choir to ridicule Sangweni for his age and of course the zoo animals had a field day.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 07:51 pm
What a great display of flair from the DRC... an outcome mainly based on the Uhuru 4-3-3 formation they employed, familiarity & trust  amongst players as well as championship mentality players from TP Mazembe... they are real contenders...

Lua lua still got it...  Mputu is a great leader not because he speaks French fluently not because his loud or imposing but because of the air of calmness he spreads around the team... 2/3 years back we were after him... we should have done more to secure the signature...

No 18... Central midfielder inconspicuous but effective.... That no. 11 left winger... hai kona... world-cup-hero along with his coach should have been taking notes mho...

Champs that's the level we need to overcome in order to conquer the continent... are we there...? 

Again The Ghost... I'm in awe... there's one amongst us that said we should watch out for DRC.... please show yourself Champ so that I can shower you with praises..
Xipandzi_xa_ndhuma
posted: 07:52 pm
Good game. Both teams play good football, building from the back and attacking using wing play. Not Bafana Bafana. Sangweni and Khumalo play kak. Whenever they get a ball they pump it forward hoping it will get a team mate. I don't know if that's how GI wanted them to play, but to me that's kak soccer.
KingMindlo
posted: 07:52 pm
Start your comment here DRC
ZION 2
posted: 07:54 pm
Am not impressed !!
ZION 2
posted: 07:54 pm
Am not impressed !!
kenkaba
posted: 07:56 pm
SA i sincerely hope the game we just saw will open your eyes and minds. You think you have it all here. Rushing to play poland and brazil because u think 'africans' are substandard. Get passports and travel
CJB Ramses III
posted: 08:00 pm
By the way....

For the 1st time today have I felt that Sandton City is an African space....

The atmosphere was just great with all our African brothers & sisters that have visited us...

Let's make them feel welcome...
jabu pule
posted: 08:03 pm
Next week we'll be reading headlines saying"mamelodi signdowns are interested in Tresor Mputu".....downs eyeing DRC keeper for his Celebration...
kenkaba
posted: 08:08 pm
Jabu pule, SA teams can forget about going after bo mputu. They dont have ths cash. The arsene wengers of this world havr tried. Do u know what tp mazembe pays these guys?? Its only that they dont go around with ipods and fancy cars baba
NU KING (ba mu da kingi)
posted: 08:14 pm
I saw seniority today against Congo DR but there after i saw what shows there's nothing like seniority in soccer.
PELE u need good jokes to be a comedian... hahahaha

WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!!
Legendary Wonder
posted: 08:22 pm
Mputhu 10 times better than Shabba, yet we expect that Shabba can lead us to glory, that's a joke!!
Legendary Wonder
posted: 08:23 pm
Mputu!
Chester missing
posted: 08:24 pm
I hope our national team were watching this game with note pads in their hands, especially our coach. In this game we saw player taking serious responsility by taking on the midfielders and turning the defenders to their goals. Once you have done that, a goal is eminent, not ping pong doom doom or passing the ball from yeye to dikgacoi, dikgacoi to sangweni, sangweni to yeye, yeye to phala, phala to khumalo, khumalo to dikgacoi, dikgacoi to sangweni, sangweni to khune, khune to opposition denfender with kaizer cheifs mentallity of passing a long lucky ball to majoro etc njalo njalo up until we concede a throw ins.
TroyBoateng
posted: 08:28 pm
I'm tipping Ghana and Congo from Group B. I saw a beautiful football today. We are disappointed as a Ghanaian because we know our players can play and have played better than this. That's why we are not happy with the draw. Let Congo be happy because they earned draw against the Mighty Black Stars. I expect Ghana to be sharper in defence in their next matches. More room for improvement Kudos Ghana!
Nipsy
posted: 08:31 pm
Great game. Bafana can Match any opposition if we work according to our strength.
Lord Vincent
posted: 08:34 pm
@CJB
If only we could clone Mahamutsa. We need that kind of a soldier against such a ruthless side. Just one attack after another. The level of intensity is almost hypnotic. I think we do have the talent but we need to really dig deep and up our game if we are to conquer Africa. Those guys make the Soweto derby look like a gentle stroll by the ocean while enjoying the breeze. It's war! It's like walking into the Babongo Pygamies of Congo while you used to waking up to the humming birds of Lower Houghton.
bondocean
posted: 08:54 pm
A super game with committed, talented players showing that they wanted to score goals. Thought that DRC Congo looked good as an overall side and deserved to come away with a point against the Black Stars.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 09:08 pm
Lord Vinny (Treble Maniac)posted: 08:34 pm  |  Report
@CJB
If only we could clone Mahamutsa. We need that kind of a soldier against such a ruthless side. Just one attack after another. The level of intensity is almost hypnotic. I think we do have the talent but we need to really dig deep and up our game if we are to conquer Africa. Those guys make the Soweto derby look like a gentle stroll by the ocean while enjoying the breeze. It's war! It's like walking into the Babongo Pygamies of Congo while you used to waking up to the humming birds of Lower Houghton.
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Eish mfethu....

In Jali we have that kind of a warrior.... in Okonkwo we have that kind of a warrior... In Benni we have that kind of a warrior... but our spine is incomplete without the warrior king himself Mahamutsa...

Yes their intensity is good, but what is also intimidating is thier arrogance... their inferiority complex is as big a a single rain drop in Congo jungle, it's virtually non-existant...

What's also compelling is their genuine footballing ability... those guys can play... skill, pace, football brains, winning mentallity, fighting spirit, never-say-die attitude they've got it all...

Jah, we're gonna need all the speares we can get to take down the Gorilla which is TP Mazambe...
Vez'ikhanda
posted: 09:23 pm
DRC were brilliant, I think they were denied a win by Ghana's juju as they r well knwn fr using da most juju in da continent...... DRC wl proceed to da quarterfinals where they wl meet either Angola or Morocco as these two wl top group A.
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