DR Congo head coach Florent Ibenge acknowledges that his team had a poor show when they lost to Uganda in their first game of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations last Saturday.
Uganda dominated almost everything before stamping authority with two goals by Patrick Kaddu and Emmanuel Okwi.
Their Leopards know well that their chances of progressing to the knockouts rely on their performances on Wednesday against Egypt and Zimbabwe on Saturday.
Ibenge, who guided the team to third place in 2015 and quarterfinals in Gabon 2017, is sure that they have worked on their mistakes and hopes for a better show against Egypt.
“We had a bad game and deserved to lose against Uganda. We made some mistakes and we were not competitive enough to win. Losing the first match was difficult for us, but we have to forget that. Now, we have to do it the hard way,” Ibenge told media in the pre-match press conference.
He expressed hope that, “It’s (match vs Egypt) going to be a very difficult game for us but we will do our best. We resumed our training and are focused on our match which is very important. We worked on our defects.
“Egypt is a different match and we will have a new strategy as we need to win. We will play to have the best result despite the fact that Egypt is playing at home. We will not adopt a defensive method because we want to qualify,” Ibenge further revealed.
Uganda top the group with three points, same as Egypt but with a better goal margin while Zimbabwe, just like DR Congo sit with nothing.