Kinshasa, January 7th, 2023 (CPA).--The Leopards of the DRC will play a fixing match against the Knights of the Mediterranean of Libya, on Saturday, in Tunis, as part of the final preparations for the final phase of the 7th edition of the African Championship of Nations (CHAN), Algeria 2023, the manager of this national team, José Ntumba, confirmed to the CPA on Friday.
“The Leopards left Kinshasa on Wednesday January 4th in the morning aboard a regular Air-France company for Tunis, where they have already arrived via Paris, France. This was a first delegation made up of all the players and a few members of the technical staff. The rest of the delegation made up of other members of the technical staff flew away 24 hours later,” recalled José Ntumba.
And to continue: “According to the program and the contacts already made from Kinshasa, this course says the last adjustments, will be sanctioned by this fixing match against Libya which, too, is preparing for the same CHAN. The Leopards of the DRC placed in group B, along with Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and Uganda will play their first match on January 14 against Uganda, the second on January 18 against Côte d’Ivoire , and finally, the third match on January 22nd against Senegal.
On the other hand, Libya is in group A, in the company of Algeria, the organizing country, with whom it will play the opening match, on January 13, in Baraki. Then, she will play Mozambique on January 17th, and finally, Ethiopia on January 21st.
“Unless there is a last-minute change, the full Leopards delegation will be packing their bags in Algeria from January 11. In his one-on-one with the press, the team coach clearly justified the choice he made of this or that other player in his squad of 28, which, moreover, is only binding on him and his technical staff. In addition, Otis Ngoma reminded the press of the work done so far at the head of this team, punctuated by a series of internships in Kinshasa as well as outside the country,” the source concluded.