DR Congo misses out on another TotalEnergies CAF AFCON final
D.R Congo’s dream of reaching the final of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023 is over after losing to host Cotê d’Ivoire 1-0 at the Stade Alassane Ouattara in Ebimpe, Abidjan.
Despite a good run, D.R. Congo will not be making another final.
The Leopards made their last final appearance in 1974 and won what still stands as their last TotalEnergies CAF AFCON trophy.
Before the triumph in 1974, DR Congo, known as Zaire, had won the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON for the first time in 1968 in Ethiopia.
With three draws, D.R. Congo started their TotalEnergies CAF AFCON Côte d’Ivoire 2023 campaign. Still, it gathered momentum in the knockout phase, where they knocked out record holders Egypt and Guinea in the round of 16 and quarter-finals, respectively.
But the step was too high in the last four against Côte d’Ivoire as they lost by 1-0.
DR Congo has not reached this stage of the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON since 2015 in Equatorial Guinea and has been dreaming of reaching the final for 50 years.
The Leopards will, therefore, have to pull out all the stops again if they are to claim the bronze medal that will crown a fine TotalEnergies CAF AFCON Côte d’Ivoire 2023, when they face South Africa on Saturday, 10 February, in Abidjan.