Morocco loses 0-1 to DR Congo in its first AFCON 2017 match

DW – After Moroccan Mbark Boussoufa struck the crossbar, Florent Ilbenge’s nomadic side pinched the three points from the former champions when Lomalisa Mutambala played in Kabananga and he finished off with a nice left-foot finish.

The upset came despite the fact that DR Congo’s preparations for the competition had taken a hit when players went on strike over unpaid bonuses.

This was after The Leopards had won five of their six qualifiers to book a place at this year’s tournament. Ingolstadt full back Marcel Tisserand is one of the few top-level players in the Congo side alongside Norwich midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu.

The final pair of fixtures in the first round of group-stage games kick off on Tuesday, with powerhouses Ghana facing Uganda and Egypt clashing with Mali.

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