Date: January 31st, 2015
Venue: Estadio de Bata
City: Bata, Equatorial Guinea
Time: 18:00 (CAT)
Match Result: Congo 2 – 4 DR Congo
Goal Scorers: 1 – 0, Doré Férébory 55’; 2 – 0, Thievy Bifouma 62’; 2 – 1, Dieumerci Mbokani 65’; 2 – 2, Jeremy Bokila 75’; 2 – 3, Joël Kimwaki 81’; 2 – 4, Dieumerci Mbokani 90’
The GSV Top Class Award
After enduring a 1st half that had us thinking the draw fever that had ravaged the group phases was about to infect our knockout stages, Congo and DR Congo stepped up to the plate and dished out the second half of the tournament thus far; the thrilling all-action approach to attacking play that both sides dished out is deserving of our GSV Top Class Award. We were treated to an amazing display of brilliant attacking play that was a picturesque advert for African football, we can honestly state that our GSV Top Class Award went to two sides that showed that quality attacking play is still the hallmark of African football.
The GSV Class Clown Award
Claude Le Roy is a legend of the African game, a man competing in his 8th African Cup of Nations competition and worthy of being the man that lead Congo to their first victory at the championship in over 40 years; yet all that seemed to matter very little when he watched his side to relinquish a 2 – 0 lead against their rivals and end up at the end of a thumping. For his inability to ensure that his side displayed the game management skills one needs at the business end of a major international competition, the legendary Mr Le Roy is the worthy winner of our GSV Class Clown Award. His defence could have manned up and ensured that they played as a more resolute unit after being pegged back by the first goal, yet the gaffer failed to spot their lack of resolve and make the necessary changes to ensure that the lads kept focused on the task at hand and saw out the result; the captain of the ship is held accountable when the ship sinks while en-route to its destination, for failing to steer the way effectively, Claude Le Roy is our GSV Class Clown Award winner.
The Grand Stand View
The Congo Derby promised to be an entertaining and festive encounter, the first stanza was anything but, yet the lads seemed to shake off the nerves and dish out an offensive feast of buffet proportions; packed with great skill and enterprise, the 2nd half was a thrill a minute affair that would had the neutrals standing to ovate the magic of African football. While many may point to the lack of defensive solidity, we choose to embrace the offensive brilliance that we bore witness to throughout the second half from both sides. It was brilliant to watch the two Central African rivals slug it out on Africa’s grandest stage and prove that the beautiful game reigns in Africa. We feel as though the more complete side emerged victorious as DR Congo dug deep after going two goals down and displayed the grit to do the right thing in wining-time, where legends are solidified and stars are born; Congo will feel hard done by with the final score not being representative of their brilliance, yet they will have themselves to blame for not seeing out the result when they had a comfortable lead. DR Congo seem to have finally got into their groove and it will be exciting to watch them in the semi-finals where they will be expected to maintain this new offensive benchmark that showed they can raise their game and feed off their talisman Yannick Bolasie who was the driving force behind their fantastic comeback and subsequent emphatic victory.