The DR Congo coach, who was on the brink of quitting the national side two days before the tournament began, could only find words of acclaim after his side’s comeback
Claude le Roy, a record-breaking coach after entering into his seventh Africa Cup of Nations tournament, left the field in awe of his side’s comeback against Ghana on Sunday evening, after his team scored twice to secure a 2-2 draw against their illustrious opponents.
The game which seemed destined to go Ghana’s way despite a dominant display from the DRC players was turned on its head after two second half goals guaranteed a point for the side which certainly deserved something from a game they were never out of.
"This match was a great advertisement for African football, “Claude le Roy told reporters after the game. Following two 0-0 draws in the opening fixtures of the tournament, the tie between Ghana and DRC sparked the 2013 Afcon into life, with both sides showing intent to attack and entertain.
Claude le Roy could only praise his side after a performance which did not highlight the off-field problems which have haunted the team before the match.
"I'm proud of my players - they have great quality and they showed it by coming back to a high-level competition like the Africa Cup after a seven-year absence,” Le Roy continued.
"We deserved this result after all the problems leading up to the tournament and I hope that this encouraging result will get the whole country behind the team."
Kwesi Appiah was disappointed with his side’s slip-up, even though he did recognise that DR Congo was a tough test for Ghana, who has been widely tipped as winners of the tournament.
"I knew playing DR Congo would not be easy, but it was unfortunate that we did not win our first game,” Appiah told reporters following the match.
"We relaxed after taking a two-goal lead and allowed some tactical indiscipline to creep into our play, which must be corrected before facing Mali."
Ghana will play Mali in Port Elizabeth on Thursday evening, while DR Congo will nesxt face Niger, who will still be reeling from their 1-0 loss against Mali during Sunday’s second game.