DR Congo eye World Cup spot

Weekly Trust - - Shot! -

Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo (DRC) will face Guinea in the 2018 Fifa World Cup Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Caf group A match at the Stade des Mar­tyrs on Satur­day. The Leop­ards kept their hopes of qual­i­fy­ing for the World Cup alive with a 2-1 away win over Libya in their pre­vi­ous group en­counter last month.

The vic­tory saw DRC re­main sec­ond in the group A stand­ings with 10 points from five games. They are three points be­hind log lead­ers, Tu­nisia.

DRC, who par­tic­i­pated in the 1974 World Cup as Zaire, are head­ing into their last group match know­ing that their hopes are hang­ing by a thread.

The Cen­tral African side can still qual­ify with a vic­tory over Guinea if Tu­nisia slip up at home against Libya on Satur­day.

DRC coach Florent Ibenge is ex­pected to look to Firmin Mubele Ndombe, who has scored cru­cial goals for the Leop­ards dur­ing their qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign.

Mean­while, Guinea have al­ready failed to qual­ify for the World Cup and they lost 4-1 to Tu­nisia at home in their pre­vi­ous group match.

As a re­sult, the Na­tional Ele­phants are placed third on the group A stand­ings with three points from five games. They are only ahead of fourth-placed Libya.

Guinea, who were hop­ing to mak­ing his­tory by qual­i­fy­ing for the World Cup fi­nals for the first time, have recorded one win and four de­feats in their group.

A vic­tory over DRC will see the Na­tional Ele­phants se­cure a third place fin­ish ahead of Libya.

Firmin Ndombe Mubele of DR Congo

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