Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2024 match:
After surviving Senegal and Mali in the previous two rounds, Ivory Coast will look to give fans yet another reason to celebrate when they take on D.R. Congo at Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara. The Elephants did make it to the Africa Cup of Nations semis, but their performances have been anything but brilliant at the tournament in their homeland. Both Odilon Kossounou and Oumar Diakite are banned for the match, while there are no fresh injury worries in Emerse Fae’s team.
The Leopards, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Ivory Coast by beating Guinea 3-1 in the AFCON quarter-finals. With no fresh injury worries to report, French tactician Sebastien Desabre is unlikely to make changes to the team that outplayed the Syli National. Anyhow, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw as the two teams seem to be evenly matched.
Highlighted Player (Seko Fofana):
Born in Paris on May 7, 1995, Seko Fofana is a midfielder who plays for Serie A side Udinese. Fofana started his career at the youth teams of Paris FC and in 2010 he moved to Lorient. After spending four years at the club, the French footballer joined Premier League side Manchester City in the 2013/2014 season.
Despite being a Man City player from 2014 to 2016, Seko Fofana did not see any game action in the English top flight with the Citizens as he was immediately sent on loan to Fulham (2014/2015). He played for Bastia on loan in the 2015/2016 season as well and in the summer of 2016 he signed a five-year deal with Italian side Udinese.
You should know that Fofana scored five goals in 22 appearances for the Zebrette in the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign. His contract with the Serie A team should expire on June 30, 2022. Due to his dual citizenship the Udinese footballer is eligible to play for France and Ivory Coast at senior level.
Highlighted Team (DR Congo):
Democratic Republic of Congo made no more than one appearances at the World Cup finals. DR Congo qualified for the major tournament in 1974 and they were playing under the name of Zaire back then. Zaire failed to impress at the showpiece tournament in West Germany as they were beaten by the likes of Scotland, Brazil and Yugoslavia in the group stages.
The Leopards suffered a heavy 9-0 loss to Yugoslavia in Gelsenkirchen and that is considered the team’s biggest defeat. DR Congo (Zaire) won two African Cup of Nations titles, with the team lifting the prestigious trophies in 1968 and 1974.
It has to be noted that the team won the bronze medal at both the 1998 and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. DR Congo play their home games in sky-blue shirts with red sleeves, while the colour of their away kit is white. Dieumerci Mbokani is the team’s most notable player.