AFCON 2013: Ghana v DR Congo Preview

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In 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
Jan 20th, 2013
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Asamoah Gyan of Ghana reacts after Zambia's goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene catches his penalty during their African Nations Cup semi-final soccer match at Estadio de Bata "Bata Stadium" in Bata February 8, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh  (EQUATORIAL GUINEA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana reacts after Zambia’s goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene catches his penalty during their African Nations Cup semi-final soccer match at Estadio de Bata “Bata Stadium” in Bata February 8, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EQUATORIAL GUINEA – Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

There are no reports of any injuries in the DR Congo squad, and most of the attention has focused on speculation that coach Claude LeRoy had either quit or been sacked.

The country’s federation and sports ministry insist the former Ghana coach remains in charge.

The Black Stars squad is also believed to be at full-strength.

Ghana have enjoyed a productive pre-tournament spell, with 3-0 and 4-2 wins over Egypt and Tunisia respectively.

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan:

“Congo have qualified for the Nations Cup so that shows how good they are.

“We’ll also do our homework and make sure we come out very strong because it’s going to be a good game.

“When we win our first game it’s a very good start for the team.”

Omari Selemani, president of DR Congo’s Football Federation:

“Claude [LeRoy] is still the coach and will be in the dugout against Ghana.

“I had a working meeting with Claude this afternoon [Friday] and everything is fine. I also met with the players and there is no problem.”

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