AFCON

Ibenge laments poor performance

2015-02-06 10:49
Florent Ibenge (AFP)

Bata - Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) coach Florent Ibenge did not enjoy their 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-final defeat to Ivory Coast due to his side’s poor performance.

The Leopards were eliminated from the 30th edition of the continental showpiece by the Elephants at the Estadio de Bata following a 3-1 defeat on Wednesday.

The Kinshasa-born tactician stressed out that his charges did not stick to their game plan and as a result, their hopes of progressing to the final were shattered.

“As I have said, we didn’t do anything right in that game,” Ibenge told the reporters in a post-match press conference.

“I didn’t enjoy our game at all due to the way we played.

“The most important thing for us could have been to progress to a final of the tournament.

“But now we didn’t qualify for the final and the Ivoirians are now celebrating in the streets of Abidjan.

“And their team is now getting prepared for the final on Sunday.”

The Leopards will face Equatorial Guinea, in the third place play-offs at the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo on Saturday.

The Elephants will battle for the continental crown against Ghana at the Estadio de Bata on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 21:00 (SA time).

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