Arthur Masuaku's first ever international goal for DR Congo was enough to earn his nation a late draw against Kenya on Saturday.
DR Congo found themselves behind after a Michael Olunga effort in the 25th minute put the Harambee Stars ahead, and it stayed that way until half-time.
The Leopards got a lifeline six minutes after the interval when Paul-Jose Mpoku was fouled in the penalty area. However Cedric Bakambu failed to tuck away the resultant spot-kick.
Nonetheless, with three minutes of normal time to play, West Ham United’s Masuaku dispatched a brilliant free-kick from outside the area to earn his team a draw.
Having made his international bow in October, the strike represents the left-back’s first goal for the national team.
The Leopards will seek to claim the African crown for the first time since 1974.
Florent Ibenge’s men have been drawn in Group A and will begin their Afcon journey against Uganda on June 22, thereafter playing hosts Egypt and Zimbabwe on June 26 and June 30, respectively.