DR Congo secures a place in the last eight of the Africa Cup of Nation after thrashing Togo 3-1, while the defending champions were eliminated by Morocco in an enthralling encounter on Tuesday night.
DR Congo responded back in the 80th minutes to sealed their victory when Paul -Jose Poku fired home a free-kick just outside the box and finalising the game to 3-1, the Leopards will take on Group D runners-up in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Ivory Coast looked unsettled throughout the game as the North African side pressed the defending champions in the first few minutes while the Elephants were just wasting up their precious chances
The second half didn’t seem to help Ivory Coast settle well int0 the game as a wonderful strike from Rachid Alioui put Morocco ahead in the 70th minutes, things descended into pushing and shoving as the defending champions stuck in a rut.
Rachid Alioui’s long-range shot was just enough to eliminate Ivory Coast and continued the bad reoccurrence of Afcon champions unable to defend their title in the last four tournaments, or not making it to the tournament.
Nigeria as a case study didn’t qualify in 2015, while Egypt winners of the 2010 African Cup of Nations failed to qualify in 2013, Chipolopolo went out without winning a game in 2013 and now the Elephants also failed to win a single match.
DR Congo and Morocco’s quarter-final opponents will be decided on Wednesday as They join Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Senegal, Cameroon, and Ghana in the knockout stages.