The DR Congo has outclassed bottom placed Togo 3-1 to wrap up top spot in Group C in Africa Cup of Nations action overnight.
It was never in much trouble of losing the match despite a second-half strike from Togo’s Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba that reduced the deficit back to one-goal.
Junior Kabananga opened the scoring for DR Congo after converting a smart pass from Chancel Mbemba into a goal. It was Kabananga’s third goal in three games and sees him top the goal scoring lists in the 2017 AFCON.
DR Congo was throwing everything at Togo in the early stages as it surged forward at almost every opportunity both on the counter attack and through the midfield.
Kabananga nearly had a second for the game minutes later but his flicked header rebounded off the post and away to safety.
Togo did its best defensively to keep itself in the game via some vital saves and last-ditch defending. It had some hope going into the half time interval down by 1-0.
That hope was severely dented when DR Congo’s Ndombe Mubele looped a beautiful shot over the head of third-string keeper Cedric Mensah who had to be called into action after the early injury to second-string shot-stopper Baba Tchagouni.
Togo’s number one goal-keeper Kossi Agassa has returned home after his home was vandalised by angry fans after his performance in the 3-1 loss to Morocco earlier on in the tournament.
To its credit though Togo kept fighting and was rewarded with a goal to Fo-Doh Laba with 20 minutes remaining. It was a calm and cool finish from the forward and the Togo fans in attendance though their side might be able to steal a point.
Those hopes were quickly extinguished as Paul-Jose M’Poku’s curling free kick secured all three points in a match that DR Congo thoroughly dominated throughout.
DR Congo play the runners-up from Group D which would more than likely be either Ghana or Egypt.