It’s not easy being the defending champions in any tournament but DR Congo recorded the best possible start to the ANSA African Nations Cup NSW 2019 in Round 1.
On Saturday they produced an assured win to kick start their campaign with an opening 4-1 result, leaving captain Clement Waoci quietly satisfied.
“It was a slow start from us but we just had to tell the boys to stay patient,” said Waoci.
“Once we got into the game and took our chances, it would be ours. The condition of the field made it tough due to all the recent rain but we got the win and that’s the most important thing.”
Despite some new faces, the Congolese have once again assembled a squad that will look to progress to the latter stages of the African Cup 2019.
“There’s been a few notable changes in the squad but that has also opened up opportunities for a few young boys to come in and show what they can do,” he continued.
“The goal and aim for the team is still the same so there shouldn’t be any effect on our play. Expect more of the same as last year.”Clement Waoci
Heading into their second match against Egypt, who are coming off a bye, Waoci is looking to see his team continue to improve on each outing, particularly in front of goal.
“We’ve gotta be able to take our chances better and really punish teams,” he noted.
“We were very wasteful in Round 1, so we will be focusing on that and also tightening up our defence because we conceded.”
Gradual progression on and off the pitch is the key for the Congolese, especially when there is a large chasing pack that would be more than happy to knock them off if they slip up.
“We are just trying to stay switched on and focused, we still don’t have our usual captain back and Michael has been available since last year’s semi final.
“Being focused and asking as the injuries stay away will be key for us. We will give it all as we always have.”
DR Congo takes on Egypt in Round 2 at Progress Park, Auburn. Kick off is at 2.00pm on Field 3.