Coach of DR Congo, Florent Ibenge, has revealed his plan to upset Ghana in the quarter final of the 2017 African Nations Cup in Gabon.
Ibenge explained that his team should seek to neutralise Christian Atsu and that will stop Ghana’s attacks in the game.
DR Congo topped Group C ahead of Morocco and title holders, Cote d’Ivoire, to set up a meeting with Ghana on Sunday in Oyem.
“We have watched them. I was at the stadium to watch them play against Egypt. There is no need to over think it. They have played three matches just like us. We have an idea of how they play and in that same way they have an idea of how we play,” he said to journalists after the team’s training session on Friday in Oyem.
He went to say: “It will be a battle at all levels: physical, technical and tactical.
First of all, we need to block all the attacks. We need to keep our eyes on Atsu who is a very good player. In addition, you have the Ayew brothers in the team and a defence which may not be top class but is very efficient.
They are a solid team with a good backline and good unit in front of that defence. They are a team which is difficult to turn over. It is only a strong and solid Egypt side which has defeated Ghana so far.”
On team morale:
“The morale is good even though the unit is little under-staffed. We are trying to re-integrate players into the system.
In today’s training, we had about four players on the side and we tried to bring in about two towards the end but they are all not at a hundred percent to play against Ghana.
The process of bringing players back to fitness is a long one.”
What will make the difference?
“Mental strength. We need to have the desire to go past Ghana and make the semi-finals of the tournament.
That is very important for us because we came with the intention of not going back home before the month of February.”
DR Congo and Ghana will have training sessions on Saturday before meeting on Sunday in the quarter finals of the tournament.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana');