Cape Town - Tunisia will look to seal a place in the
quarterfinals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations when they tackle DR Congo in
their final Group B.
The North Africans find themselves placed on top of the
standings after a 1-1 draw with Cape Verde and 2-1 win over Zambia in their
first two matches. They need only a draw to secure progression into the
knockout rounds, while a win will guarantee them top spot.
As for the Leopards, they are placed third on the standings
after draws with Zambia and Cape Verde. A win will take them through to the quarterfinals;
while a third draw could be enough depending on the result of the other Group B
match between Cape Verde and Zambia.
Tunisia coach Georges Leekens praised his side for their
come-from-behind win over Zambia, highlighting their excellent character and
"We have four points but everyone is still in
contention. We are not the best team, we don't have Ronaldo or Messi, but we
have a team with enormous character and great mental strength," Leekens
"Now we need to be careful against Congo and approach
the match as if it were a final."
DRC coach Florent Ibenge believes his team can still qualify
for the quarterfinals: "I am a
confident coach. It remains a contest. We can qualify. I always have to be
optimistic, push my team to victory, knowing that the game is not like another.
It is not yet eliminated. Tunisia has not yet qualified.”
Tunisia and DRC
have met in 10 previous official international matches. The Carthage Eagles
have five wins compared to three for the Leopards. Three of those 10 meetings
took place in AFCON tournaments and Tunisia have an unbeaten record in that
regard, with two wins and a draw. They last met in the AFCON in 2004 when the
North Africans won 3-0 in the group stages en route to winning the title.
Kick-off is at 20:00 (SA time) on Monday, January 26.