Total CHAN 2020: 🇨🇩 Florent Ibenge welcomes back five players

Issama Mpeko, Kinzumbi Philippe and three others have recovered from covid-19 and have joined the rest of the squad

He head coach of the Leopards of DR Congo Florent Ibenge Ikwange, will have more options to select from, when his side takes on Libya in the first round two game in Group B of the CHAN.

Libya host two time Champions DR Congo at the Japoma Stadium in Douala as from 5pm. A win for Florent Ibenge and his boys will secure them a place for the quarter finals, but the good news for the Leopards is that five fresh players are available for selection, after missing their first group game against Congo Republic.

TP Mazembe’s duo Issama Mpeko and Kinzumbi Philippe, plus three others, did not feature in their 1#0 win on match day one, after testing positive for covid-19.

According to the official website of TP Mazembe, their two players, Issama Mpeko, Kinzumbi Philippe and three other players whose names have not been disclosed, have left their Isolation chambers, and joined the rest of the squad, after testing negative during the latest test conducted by the health personnels.

It will be difficult for the five players to feature in their second group game against Libya, haven missed three days of training.

During his pre_match press conference on Wednesday, coach Florent Ibenge Said he must trust the rest of his Squad, even if there are some absences.

We must trust this group. We missed five players although we are not the only ones. We did the tests yesterday Tuesday but in the training of this morning we do not know which players we are going to align because we do not have the results yet, “he said earlier on Wednesday before the results came out later.

The Leopards will miss SM Sanga Balende’s defender, Boka Isaka Chadrack, who is ruled out of the libya clash because of a Knee injury. Official sources from the team have however confirmed that Massi Amedée and lone goal scorer against Congo, Ushindi Chico, who all had minor injuries, have already recovered and ready to play.

DR Congo defeated Congo Brazzaville 1#0 in the first game, and a win against Libya will secure them a place in the quarter final. For the Mediterranean knights of Libya, they will win or a draw in the worst case scenario, to keep their hopes alive.


Afeseh Apong

Afeseh Apong is a graduate of the Advanced School of Mass Communication, ASMAC, and is currently Team press officer of PWD Bamenda

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