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The East African nation came from a goal down to collect a point in the Group J task
Tanzania held DR Congo a 1-1 draw in the World Cup qualifier in 2022, which was played at Tout Puissant Mazembe Stadium on Thursday.
The Leopards got first blood with permission from Dieumerci Mbokani, but the East Africans ensured that the prey was shared thanks to a screamer from Simon Msuva.
The first real chance fell for the hosts after just seven minutes when the Taifa Stars failed to clear a corner and the ball was eventually played to Araba Akolo, but he shit his effort with the goalkeeper well beaten.
In early cases, the hosts looked good unlike the East Africans who struggled to get into the final third.
About 16 minutes into the game, Stars were using their skill at pressing to successfully stifle the game. Feisal Salum passed the ball to Reliant Lusajo who was in a good position and the latter’s first touch allowed Salum to take a shot that narrowly missed the target.
After 20 minutes, the defensive line of Manula created a counterattack through the middle that gave Akolo a good look at the goal, but his shot glanced harmlessly off the crossbar.
The deadweight was finally broken in the 23rd minute. Cedric Bakambu did attempt a finish, but from an awkward position, sending the ball into the away fans.
It was a wake-up call to the Stars and five minutes later they managed to get just outside the danger zone. Lusajo’s hard attack was parried away by Joel Kiassumbua in Leopard’s goal for a barren corner.
Tanzania pulled a real crowd pleaser as he, after 35 minutes, wove through the guests’ entire central defense and put the 1 – 1 equalizer away.
After the break, Tanzania came more composed and eager to get the second goal. They tried to push forward every time they got an opportunity.
However, it was the hosts who threatened again in the 51st minute. A cross coming in on the right hand side left Akono alone in front of the goal after 80 minutes but his shot was woeful.
In the 65th minute, Manula had to pay attention to refusing substitute Bangala, who was left with a hectare of space just outside the danger zone. The latter chose his place, but the custodian dived in time to save it for his teammates.
Shortly after, Taifa Stars won a free kick on the edge of the box, it was brought in well, but Msuva had a difficult task guiding the ball home and it went out to a goal kick.
From there, the hosts looked like the better team, but despite late pressure from the Leopards, the stars held on to collect an important point away.
DRC XI: Joel Kiassumbua, Glody Ngonda, Marcel Tisseron, Araba Akolo, Samuel Moutoussamy, Dieumerci Mbokani, Yannick Bolassie, Amale Mukoko, Christian Luyindama, Cedric Bakambu, Mangolo Mremba.
Tanzania XI: Aishi Manula, Clement Nickson, Erasto Nyoni, Job Dickson, Feisal Salum, Reliants Lusajo, Simon Msuva, Hussein Mohamed, Mzamiru Yassin, Novatus Dismas, Shomari Kapombe