The head coach of the Leopards of DR Congo Florent Ibenge Ikwange, has disclosed that he never had covid-19, but was forced to go on quarantine.
Ibenge’s Leopards suffered a 1#2 defeat in the hands of the intermediate lions at the Douala Japoma Stadium. Makabi Glody opened scores for the Leopards, but goals from Yannick N’Djeng and Felix Oukine, gave the lions a vital win.
During his post match press conference, Florent Ibenge voiced out his frustration.
“I was forced to take medications, when I was not sick. I never had covid-19, but they said I was suffering from it. That is not good. I’m not the only one. I have players who never played, of which they did not have covid-19. It is not normal. Football is all about joy and not to kill people”
Prior to the game against Cameroon, there was much controversy, as initially results indicated 13 new covid-19 cases in the Congolese delegation, taking the total number of cases to about 25.
The Congolese contested the results and another round of tests showed only two players tested positive and one staff.
“Yesterday results came out with 13 players Positive for Covid-19. We contested the results and opted to do a new test. The results came out today and in all our delegation, just three persons tested Positive. (Two players and the Kiné). It is a very bad image for Cameroon.
Congo have missed out key players like Issama Mpeko, Kinzumbi Philippe and others, who have not played a single minute of football since they arrived on Cameroonian soil.
Two times CHAN winners, DR Congo bows out of the competition, as Cameroon maintains their 100 percent win record against the Leopards in the competition.
For Cameroon, it is the first time they have gone pass the quarter finals, as they now target winning the most coveted trophy on home soil.