An easy 6-0 win over Djibouti on Friday put Congo DR alongside Egypt at the top of Group 12 in the second phase of the African Zone qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
Under French coach Patrice Neveu, Congo DR have now racked up six points in three games and are favourites to qualify for the next stage, particularly after pushing Egypt close in their opening game in Cairo, where they narrowly lost 2-1. The return fixture is scheduled for 7 September in Kinshasa and promises to be a thrilling affair .
The Leopards wasted no time at the El-Hadj Hassan Gouled stadium in Djibouti, racing into a 3-0 lead at the break thanks to goals from Dieumerci Mbokani on 25 minutes, Shabani Nonda on 31 and Zola Matumona on 40.
The second half began as the first had finished with Mbokani on 48 minutes and Matumona on 49 bringing their personal haul to two apiece and putting the result beyond doubt. Tresor Mputu then rounded off the scoring in the 79th minute to make it 6-0.
Djibouti's results thus far in the campaign reflect thier status as the lowest ranked African team in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, with coach Mohamed Abar's men having lost all three matches and already conceded 18 goals.