AFCON 2023: Trouble breaks out as DR Congo and Morocco players clash after 1-1 draw

DR Congo and Morocco players engage in a fight || Imago and X

AFCON 2023: Trouble breaks out as DR Congo and Morocco players clash after 1-1 draw

Stephen Oladehinde 16:15 - 22.01.2024

The Africa Cup of Nations clash between DR Congo and Morocco ended in a 1-1 draw, but it was the post-match tensions that caught the spotlight.

This Group F encounter saw both teams demonstrate their resilience and competitiveness, resulting in a closely contested match.

 A Nail-Biting Encounter

Morocco, one of the pre-tournament favourites, initially took the lead with a goal from Achraf Hakimi. However, undeterred by the early setback, DR Congo fought back bravely. 

The turning point came when Silas Katompa Mvumpa, coming off the bench, scored a crucial equalizer for DR Congo. This goal was a testament to the team's fighting spirit and was well-deserved given their performance throughout the match. 

Despite a missed penalty by DR Congo's Cedric Bakambu, the team showed great determination to level the score.

Morocco vs Congo || Imago
Morocco vs Congo || Imago

Post-Match Frictions

After the final whistle, a video showed the tension that flared between the players of both teams, overshadowing the intense footballing display on the field. 

This incident highlighted the high stakes and emotions involved in the tournament, especially in a match where both teams were so evenly matched. 

Morocco, who had a successful run in the 2022 World Cup, found themselves rigorously tested by DR Congo, reflecting the unpredictable and competitive nature of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The draw left Morocco at the top of Group F with four points, closely followed by DR Congo. Both teams are still in contention for progressing further in the tournament, setting the stage for an exciting finish to the group stages.