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Bolasie On Target In DR Congo Opener

19 January 2015

Yannick Bolasie enjoyed a great start to his Africa Cup of Nations adventure by scoring the Democratic Republic of Congo's goal in their 1-1 draw against Zambia.

The Eagles winger equalised for his side midway through the second half to cancel out Given Singulmana's opening goal just 62 seconds into the contest, but the Leopards would have been disappointed to only finish with a point.

Bolasie was named man of the match as he proved to be a constant threat for the Zambians, and after forcing goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene to save with his legs, he saw a free-kick deflect off the wall and flash fractions wide of the far post.

But on the 66 minute the winger netted his fourth goal for his country in his last three outings when he swept the ball into the top corner to grab his side a point.

After their game, he said: "I'm happy I scored, but overall I'm disappointed. I think that in this game we wasted our chances. On another day we would have won. Okay, we got a point, but we are disappointed. Collectively we should have taken all three points.

"We conceded very early which made it hard, but we did enough to win. Every team we are playing against is better placed in the FIFA rankings, but hopefully in next game we can put away our chances, because we have more than enough quality in our forward players."

Elsewhere in Group B, Tunisia were held to a 1-1 draw by Cape Verde, meaning all four sides have an identical record after opening round of games. Next up for Bolasie's side is a game against Cape Verde on Thursday, where a victory would stand them in good stead of making the knockout stages.

Monday afternoon sees Kwesi Appiah's Ghana side in action for the first time, as they get their campaign underway against Senegal at 4pm UK time. The Palace striker would earn his first cap for his country if he appears in the game.

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