Sebastien Desabre, the head coach of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), envisions success as his team advances to the Africa Cup of Nations semifinals against hosts Ivory Coast.
The Congolese staged a remarkable comeback, overcoming a goal deficit to defeat Guinea 3-1 in the quarterfinals, bringing them within two games of securing their first continental crown in 50 years.
Desabre, a Frenchman, believes the timely victory is propelling his team with momentum, emphasizing their unbeaten streak in the tournament's earlier rounds.
Expressing confidence in his team's potential, Desabre stated, "It would be foolish not to believe in the final victory. But it will be difficult."
As they gear up for the semifinals against Ivory Coast, the coach acknowledged the importance of reaching the final and affirmed their commitment to giving their all to avoid any regrets.
Despite scoring only three goals in their first four games, Desabre highlighted the attacking prowess of players like Cedric Bakambu, Simon Banza, and Fiston Mayele, indicating a greater offensive threat in the upcoming matches.
DR Congo's journey to the semifinals marks a significant step, with the team having reached this stage twice since their last Africa Cup of Nations triumph in 1974.
Desabre is aware of the historical context, especially the defeats in the semifinals to South Africa in 1998 and Ivory Coast in 2015.
The upcoming clash with Ivory Coast provides an opportunity for redemption, and a potential final against South Africa could offer a chance to avenge past results and secure the elusive continental title.