African Nations Championship in South Africa 1/4 finals: Will Ghana's supremacy over DRC continue? - The record books show that in 24 internationals between Ghana and DR Congo, the Black Stars have won 18 times against DRC's three wins. Both sides have also drawn three times in their last three games, one of which is at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, when they drew 1-1.
But as they meet Sunday at the Free State Stadium, Mangaung, in the quarter-finals of the ongoing 2014 African Nations Championship, also in South Africa, the Congolese will have raise their game, as they did in the last three draws, to eke out a respectable result and possibly a ticket to the semi-finals.
As expected, the Black Stars won Group C with seven points, scoring three goals and letting in only one to parade the tournament's best defence line so far.
In contrast, DRC emerged runner up with six points in Group D following their two wins and the 1-0 loss to Group winners Gabon. They scored three goals and let in two but have looked not convincing so far.
Goalkeeper and captain Robert Kidiaba feels his side is improving although they have to up their game to get a chance to beat the more fancied Black Stars.
'We have prepared seriously for Ghana and we respect them,' Kidiaba said. “It will be difficult for both teams, but we will do everything to win.'
Ghana will welcome back striker Yahaya Mohammed for the clash and coach Maxwell Konadu is confident his team will win.
“This team can beat DR Congo as we’ve worked hard to improve our tactical play,” Konadu said, adding “The team is improving at the right time and hopefully we will carry our momentum into game to help us qualify for the semis.”
In the other quarter-final, featuring Gabon and Libya at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Group D winners Gabon will be meeting a Libyan team which placed second in Group C, scoring five goals and conceded three to finish second to Ghana.
The Gabonese too have not sounded convincing but appear to be improving with every match.
In typical north African style, Libya has shown flair, structure and organization and goes against Gabon as favourites.
This is the third meeting between the two sides, with Libya leading the head-to-head 2-1.
Preview by Vincent Obi, PANA Editor