Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2024 match:
Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara will host Friday’s football game between D.R. Congo and Guinea, who face each other in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals. DR Congo did well to eliminate Egypt in the last 16, but it has to be noted that the Pharaohs were hit by Mohamed Salah’s injury. There are no fresh injury worries in Sebastian Desabre’s team ahead of the quarter-final clash.
The Syli National, on the other hand, survived Equatorial Guinea in the last 16, with the team quickly bouncing back from a 2-0 loss to Senegal. D.R. Congo and Guinea seem to be evenly matched at the moment and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Barring any fresh injury worries, Kaba Diawara is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated Equatorial Guinea in the AFCON last 16.
Highlighted Player (Cedric Bakambu):
Cedric Bakambu is considered one of the best African strikers. He was a French youth international and he played for les Tricolores at the 2010 UEFA U19 European Championship. France defeated Spain in the final of the tournament and that is regarded as Bakambu’s biggest success, speaking of his international career.
However, despite playing for France youth teams, Cedric Bakambu decided to represent DR Congo at senior level and he made his debut for the Congolese national team against Cameroon. He scored his first goal for DR Congo in a 2-1 win over Angola on 26 March, 2016. Speaking of his club career, the pacey attacker played for Sochaux from 2010 to 2014 and on 1 September, 2014 he moved to Bursaspor.
After scoring 13 goals in 27 league appearances for the Turkish outfit, Bakambu signed a five-year deal with La Liga side Villarreal on 19 August, 2015 and he has been playing for the Yellow Submarine ever since. The Congolese striker made his Villarreal debut on 23 August, 21015 in a 1-1 draw with Real Betis.
Highlighted Team (Guinea):
Nicknamed the National Elephants, Guinea national team are affiliated to the Guinea Football Federation. Guinea qualified for their 12th Africa Cup of Nations and they will face the likes of Nigeria, Madagascar and Burundi in the group stages of the tournament in Egypt.
The National Elephants have yet to win the Africa Cup of Nations, but they were on the verge of going all the way at the tournament in Ethiopia back in 1976. Guinea finished the final round in second place in the standings, only one point behind champions Morocco.
The National Elephants wear red socks, yellow shorts and green socks when welcoming their rivals, whilst their away colours are yellow and red. Guinea suffered a 2-1 loss to Togo in their first international game (May, 1962). The African side recorded their biggest win against Mauritania (14-0) on May, 1972), whilst a 6-0 loss to Zaire (July, 1972) is considered the biggest defeat in the history of the national team.