Africa Cup of Nations roundup: Tunisia, DR Congo draw in group finale, advance to QF


Another day, another pair of spots in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarterfinals were booked as Group B teams played their third and final group stage games. The knockout rounds kick of this Saturday, Jan. 31.

DR Congo 1-1 DR Tunisia

Tunisia’s Ahmed Akaichi and DR Congo’s Jeremy Bokila scored either side of halftime to draw 1-1, which was just enough for DR Congo (3 points), who finished second, to edge out Cape Verde (3) based on the second tiebreaker, goals scored.

A draw was all Tunisia (5) needed in order to win the group. DR Congo will face Group A winners Congo in the quarterfinals, while Tunisia will face Group A runners-up Equatorial Guinea.

Cape Verde 0-0 Zambia

Played in a torrential downpour, and at one point nearly stopped due to the inclement weather, Cape Verde and Zambia both struggled to create high-quality scoring chances as either side would have advanced to the quarterfinals with a single goal.

“I’m very sad and disappointed with the result but not with my players,” said Cape Verde head coach Rui Aguas following the game. “They did all they could. We missed a lot of chances in three games but we gave 100 per cent, we gave our all.”

Zambia boss Honour Janza was equally upbeat following his side’s elimination: “It is sad but let us be positive that the future looks bright for our team, the young boys we came with here will be a force in African football in the next two to three years.”

Tuesday’s AFCON schedule

Senegal vs. Algeria
South Africa vs. Ghana