DR Congo cruise past Ethiopia

DR Congo got off to a flying start at Chan 2016 with a 3-0 comfortable win over Ethiopia on Sunday afternoon at a fully packed Huye Stadium.

Tafesse Shewamene of Ethiopia battles with Jonathan Bolingi of DR Congo during the 2016 CHAN Rwanda, match between DR Congo and Ethiopia at the Huye Stadium in Butare, Rwanda on 17 January 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Tafesse Shewamene of Ethiopia battles with Jonathan Bolingi of DR Congo during the 2016 CHAN Rwanda, match between DR Congo and Ethiopia at the Huye Stadium in Butare, Rwanda on 17 January 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Guy Lusadisu opened the scoring at the stroke of half time to give the Leopards a deserved lead having dominated possession for the most part of the opening 45 minutes.

One minute into the second half, Heritier Luvumbu doubled the lead for Florent Ibenge’s side to punish the Walias who were completely outplayed in the one-sided game.

Ethiopian coach Yohannes Sahle introduced Samson Tihalun to provide a spark for his side but the Congolese were too strong for the Walias who then sat back to defend.

Elia Meshack’s goal in the 55th minute sealed the Leopards win to send them top of Group B ahead of Angola and Cameroon who play the next game at the same venue.

DR Congo take on Angola in their next fixture on January 21 at the same venue at 3pm before Cameroon face Ethiopia at 6pm on the same day.

By Usher Komugisha @ SuperSport.com

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