Match - Sun 14 October, 19:00,
DR Congo with one foot in finals
Vumi Matampi of DRC Congo
The Leopards travel to Malabo with a healthy advantage following the 4-0 win in the first leg which was played in Kinshasa last month.
Anderlecht forward Dieumerci Mbokani was the hero for his side as he netted a brace, while he was also involved in the creation of the others.
His goal scoring form has continued in the Belgian league and he leads the contingency of foreign-based players who have been called up to the squad.
Claude Le Roy has not publicised his list of players but the arrival of Mbokani and eight other foreign-based players has been confirmed by the Congolese media.
Leopards last qualified for the Nations Cup in 2006 but their recent form has signaled the return of a side that was once one of the powerhouses in the continent, having won the tournament in 1968 and 1974.
Le Roy has also tasted victory in the competition as he coach the Cameroon side which lifted the title in 1988, but his short term goal will be easing through the remaining 90 minutes in Malabo to book their place for next year’s tournament.
Equatorial Guinea on the other hand will need nothing less than a miracle to get the four goals they need to tie the game without conceding a single goal.
Brazilian coach Gilson Paulo took over the reins in January this year and had a good run in the Nations Cup as the co-hosts reached the quarterfinals, but his side now look almost certain to sit out the next edition of the tournament.