Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2021 match:
DR Congo and Angola go head to head at Stade des Martyrs de la Pentecote in what is expected to be a close encounter. DR Congo head into Saturday’s AFCON qualifiers following back-to-back draws with Gabon and Gambia, and they are now on a quest to record their first win of the process. Experienced attacker Cedric Bakambu, who plays for Chinese club Beijing Guoan, will be the man to watch in the home team.
Angola, on the other hand, made a slow start to their AFCON qualifying campaign, with the team losing each of their first two group games, and that is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. In their last meeting in a competitive match DR Congo defeated Angola 2-0, and you should bear in mind that the Leopards are eyeing their fifth consecutive win over the Palancas Negras.
Highlighted Player (Christian Luyindama):
Christian Luyindama is a Congolese footballer who plays for Galatasaray in the Turkish Super Lig. Luyindama played for the likes of DCMP and Sanga Balende before starting his senior career at TP Mazembe.
The DR Congo international then moved to Belgian side Standard Liege, scoring 8 goals in 58 appearances for the club in the national championship. In 2019 he decided to take a step forward in his career as he signed a loan deal with Galatasaray. Luyindama, who was born in Kinshasa on January 8, 1994, eventually signed a permanent deal with the Turkish outfit.
Speaking of his international career, the 191-cm tall centre-back made his Congo DR debut in a 2-0 win over Botswana on June 5, 2017. Christian Luyindama represented his country at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, making three appearances for the Leopards at the showpiece tournament in Egypt.
Highlighted Team (Angola):
Angola national football team are controlled by Angola Football Federation. The Palancas Negras are affiliated to both CAF and COSAFA and they play their home matches at Estadio 11 de Novembro. Angola did well to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but they failed to book their place in the last 16 on their debut at the showpiece tournament.
The African side faced the likes of Portugal, Mexico and Iran in Group D, with the team sharing the spoils with Iran and Mexico, while suffering a loss to Portugal. The Palancas Negras have been struggling to qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals ever since, but they made it to the Africa Cup of Nations on two occasions (2008, 2010).
Angola wear red shirts and black shorts when hosting their rivals, whereas their away kit is white. It has to be noted that the Palancas Negras suffered a 3-2 loss to Congo in their first ever international.