Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
Wednesday’s football game at Al Hilal Stadium pits together Sudan and D.R. Congo, the two teams who are eyeing their first group win. Sudan experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Mauritania, and it is no wonder the odds for away win have been dropping. Waleed Bakhet is widely expected to replace Siddig Gahdia in the starting XI as the later picked up a knock in the opener.
The Leopards, on the other hand, aim to put an end to their four-game winless run in all competitions. Even though Hector Cuper’s men failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Aubameyang-less Gabon, away win should be considered as Sudan obviously struggle at the back. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Brentford winger Yoane Wissa, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line.
Highlighted Player (Mo Eisa):
Born on the 12th of July, 1994, in Khartoum, Sudan, Mo Eisa is a Sudanese professional footballer who plays for Peterborough United in the third tier of English Football. The 6ft tall striker/ winger is a Pro Touch Soccer Academy product.
The initial years of his career were spent playing non-league football with teams like Dartford, Leatherhead, and Greenwich Borough, the latter for whom he scored over 50 goals in 100 appearances. On the 7th of July, 2017, Eisa signed a contract with League Two outfit Cheltenham Town and made his league debut on the 5th of August, 2017.
A prolific season with the Robins earned him the Supporters' Player Of The Year and the Players' Player Of The Year awards at the end of the season. For the 18/19 season, the 25-year-old joined Championship side Bristol for a brief stint before returning to League One with Peterborough for the following season on a four-year contract.
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.