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Date: 25/01/2004
Time: 13:00 (GMT Time)
Stadium: El Menzah

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DR Congo coach Mick Wadsworth will get his first taste of international management when his side take on Guinea in their opening Group A encounter.

The former Newcastle first-team coach signed a three-month contract in November and is looking for at least a draw from their first game at the 2004 African Cup of Nations.

"To win is fantastic, not to lose is important. Our aim is to get through the group stages because it's going to be tough," said Wadsworth.

The 53-year-old has already been the recipient of bad news, with defender Franck Matingu refused permission to play after confusion over the Bastia player's registration.

There are no other major worries for DR Congo, who will have Newcastle striker Lomana Lua Lua leading the line both as striker and captain of his country.

Austrian-based Alain Masudi is likely to partner Lua Lua following the withdrawal of Monaco's Shabani Nonda from the tournament as result of a knee injury.

Guinea coach, Frenchman Michel Dussuyer, has his sights qualifying from the group stages.

"Our objective is to qualify for the second round, probably behind Tunisia, and our match against DR Congo is so important," said Dussuyer.

The former Cannes goalkeeper will be relying on Celtic defender Bobo Balde to stop the marauding Lua Lua.

Meanwhile up front, Guinea will be hoping Souleymane Youla, the Turkey-based player who hit four goals in the qualifiers, continues his good run of form.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/africa/3426239.stm

My prediction: DR Congo 1 Guinea 1
 

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DR Congo will win this one. 2-1
 

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Starting Lineups:

DR Congo: Tokala Nkombe, Muzinga Camille, Mubiala Kitambala, Jean-Paul Kamudimba, Tresor Luntala, Lomana Lua Lua, Ekakanga Masudi, Sinda Dinzey, Herita Ilunga, Kikeba Piena, Kibemba Mbayo.

Guinea: Kemoko Camara, Pascal Feindouno, Abdoulsalam Sow, Dian Bobo Balde, Almamy Shuman Bah, Fode Mansaray, Aboubacar Titi Camara, Souleymane Youla, Ibrahima Sory Conte, Ousmane Ngom Camara, Morlaye Soumah
 

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80th minute: GOAL GUINEA!!! Youla's shot hit the bar, and Feindouno is there for the rebound and he scores!

DR Congo 1 Guinea 2
 

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FT: DR Congo 1 Guinea 2

Is this an upset?

Good match to watch, end to end action. DR Congo were the better team in the 1st half and they should have scored more than one time especially Lua Lua. Everything turned around in the 2nd half, Guinea were clearly the superior team and they could have scored 4 goals but ended with 2 which was enough for them to get them the three points.
 

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Guinea is back

The Sylie National are back after being left out of all competitions for 4 years.

They will defenetely go throught the 2nd round.
 

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tapie said:
The Sylie National are back after being left out of all competitions for 4 years.

They will defenetely go throught the 2nd round.
Nice start for Sylie Nationale! Gone are the days of Petit Sory, Papa Camara and Bengally Sylla. Here are the days of Souleymane Youla, Pascal Feindouno and good old Titi Camara!!
 

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Nice start for Sylie Nationale! Gone are the days of Petit Sory, Papa Camara and Bengally Sylla. Here are the days of Souleymane Youla, Pascal Feindouno and good old Titi Camara!!
You're right Valdano, and u probably know that Guinea just like Ghana are the most skillfull nations in Africa;) :)
 

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I agree Guinea as some defensive problem, but RDCongo defense is even worst.
Most of the african teams are impressive by their offensive abilities but there's not a lot of quality in their defense system.
 
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