Wednesday February 3, 2016
DR Congo Vs Guinea – Stade de Amahoro @ 4pm Local Time (5pm EAT)
DR Congo will be favourites going into the semi-final but must be wary of the threat posed by Guinea who they face at Amahoro stadium on Wednesday.
The Leopards edged hosts Rwanda 2-1 in a mouthwatering first quarterfinal and are targeting a second final appearance after at the inaugural edition in 2009 where they went on to lift the title beating Ghana 2-0 in the finals.
For the record, only DR Congo and Zimbabwe have played at all the CHAN editions whilst Guinea have made their first appearance at the competition.
Nevertheless, Syli Nationale tactician Mohammed Kanfory Bangoura whose team against all odds dumped African football giants Zambia at the quarters is confident.
DR Congo are without attacking midfielder Luvumbu but Coach Florent Ibenge is adamant his team has enough quality in replacement.
Guinea have no injury worries and welcome absentees that missed the tie against The Chipolopolo.
What the coaches say?
Florent Ibenge – DR Congo Coach
The match against Guinea will be tough. Guinea is a great team and I expect a good match. The match against Guinea will not be the same like against Rwanda. We expect to possess the ball more this time round. People think we shall win the Cup but we are focused on each game. We shall miss Luvumbu but we have other good players good to the task.
Mohammed Kanfory Bangoura – Guinea Coach
We respect all teams, DR Congo inclusive. We hope to offer a defensive wall and rely more on individual brilliance. I have prepared my players mentally and they are ready for the physical battle. We shall use the wings with a tactical approach depending on match situation. I have a full strength side with all players who were suspended against Zambia back. About the strengths and weaknesses of my team, I will say, we are good and reserve the weaknesses to my players.