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AFCON 2023: Ugly scenes as Morocco, DR Congo share points

by Lesley Ngwa
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Morocco were held to a one all draw in their second group game by the DR Congo in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.

The Atlas Lions will have to wait to clinch their place in the last 16 when they face Zambia in their last group game.

The game between Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo ended with both teams going at each other following a heated exchange of words between Morocco’s coach Walid Regragui and the DR Congo captain, Chancel Mbemba.

Mbemba left the pitch following a knock in the dying moments of the match but could not return immediately as the referee continued the game.

The Olympique Marseille centre-back was left fuming before the referee’s final whistle as the Leopards held on to draw with the Atlas Lions.

Following the end of the game, the defender and Regragui were involved in a heated argument and had to be separated by officials.

In videos shared on social media, the rest of the players from both sides got involved, leaving a chaotic scene at the end of the game.

Morocco, tipped by many to win the Africa Cup of Nations, got off to a bright start after Paris Saint Germain defender Achraf Hakimi connected to a Hakim Ziyech corner just six minutes into the game.

Cedric Bakambu missed a penalty before half-time, but Katompa Mvumpa scored late in the match to secure a point for DR Congo.

The World Cup semi-finalist will next face Zambia while the Democratic Republic of Congo takes on Tanzania.

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