The Democratic Republic of Congo have booked a place in the play-offs of the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers.
Coach Hector Cuper’s team picked a vital 2-0 win against Benin in their final Group J match played in Kinshasa on Sunday.
Hoping to reach a first FIFA World Cup final stage since 1974, DR Congo knew the chances were real especially playing at home in Kinshasa.
The home side made sure they picked all the maximum points to get close to qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2022. After 10 minutes Dieumerci Mbokani making his return to the national team after a long while took matters into his hands.
But the Benin team tried to fight back strongly as they created numerous scoring opportunities. In the second half it was a much tighter contest as both teams pushed ahead to look for goals. The visitor's dreams were pegged early in the first half when Dieumerci Mbokani was brought down in the penalty area. The veteran striker converted the penalty to put his side ahead.
After 74 minutes Ben Malango Ngita made it 2-0 for the home side. “We are very happy that the team has worked hard to qualify for the final stage of the qualifiers. We need to keep working,” said DR Congo coach Cuper.
The win saw DR Congo finish with 11 points, while Benin remained on 10 points. The Taifa Stars of Tanzania who managed to pick a 1-1 draw away to 10-man Madagascar finished third with 10 points, and Madagascar 3 points.
DR Congo now join the other teams that have qualified for the play-off stage that include; Mali, Egypt, Senegal and Morocco.
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