Congo have defeated Libya 1-0 to qualify for the quarter final stage at the on-going Total Africa Nations Championship 2020 in Cameroon.
The explosive Group B match played at the Japoma Stadium in Douala saw the two teams come all out in search of early goals, but the first half ended goalless.
But Congo’s goalkeeper Pavelh Ndzila had earlier made a good save punching out Muetaz Al Mehdi’s shot after 11 minutes. Jaures Ngombe also came close for Congo after 14 minutes, but missed the target by inches.
In the second half the Red Devils of Congo returned charged and took the lead after 52 minutes. The Libyan defenders failed to intercept a high cross giving Cautrand Ngouenimba a clear chance to finish from close range.
Libya, the 2014 CHAN winners fought back strongly after conceding the goal, while Congo defended in numbers. Salah Fakhron and Mohamed Makkari had their shots saved by the Congolese goalkeeper.
Congo who are making their third appearance in the CHAN tournament will now face Mali in the first quarter final clash on January 30th in Yaounde, while DR Congo who came out top of Group B will battle Cameroon in the second quarter final to be played at the Japoma Stadium in Douala the same day.