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Sunday, 21 January 2024 19:03

Tempers flare at Africa Cup as Morocco and Congo draw 1-1.

Staff Reporter.

Silas Katompa Mvumpa's clinical second-half strike earned DR Congo a deserved point against Morocco in Group F of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Morocco took the lead early on when Achraf Hakimi lost his marker and volleyed in a Hakim Ziyech's corner.

Cedric Bakambu missed a chance to equalise from the penalty spot for DR Congo shortly before half-time.

But the Leopards levelled when Mvumpa calmly stroked the ball into the net from Meschack Elia's cutback.

Both teams had chances to win it late on with Morocco indebted to goalkeeper Yassine Bounou after he tipped Fiston Mayele's rasping shot over the bar.

Tensions spilled over after a hard-fought match at the Stade Laurent Pokou in San Pedro as scuffles broke out between both sets of players following the full-time whistle.

Morocco leads Group F with four points from two games after its opening 3-0 win over Tanzania, followed by Congo on two points. Zambia played Tanzania later Sunday in the other Group F match.