DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge and his Tunisia counterpart Georges Leekens have expressed satisfaction over their sides progress at the African Cup of Nations, AFCON holding in Equatorial Guinea.
Both teams reached the last eight after their 1-1 draw, with DR Congo pipping Cape Verde, who played out a 1-1 draw, to qualify on goals scored.
Ibenge said: “We have qualified for the quarter-finals with some difficulty.” Leekens said: “We know we are not the best or the most beautiful but we have qualified and I am very happy.”
DR Congo secured their place in the quarter-finals after scoring two goals in their three Group B matches – including Jeremy Bokila’s 66th-minute effort against Tunisia – while Cape Verde only found the net once.
Their next opponents are Congo on Saturday afternoon and Ibenge added: “We have not qualified for this stage since 2006 so this is great for us.
“Congo will be tough opponents with an established coach. It will be more than a derby and it will be very difficult for us, and hopefully for them too. “But we won’t look any further ahead, only teams like Algeria and Tunisia can do that.”c