Daring Club Motema Pembe will have to put behind the disappointment of being knocked out of the CAF Confederations Cup and focus on their league campaign.
DCMP lost 2-1 on aggregate to Niger’s Union Sportive de la Gendarmerie Nationale (USGN); Les Immaculés lost 2-0 away in the first leg and won the second leg at home 1-0, which was unfortunately not enough for them to progress to the group stages.
There were plenty of positives for DCMP in last Sunday’s match. Their attacking unit was ruthless against USGN, and if they play the same way in the league, they are looking like a scary prospect for the opposition. It’s only a matter of the players understanding each other, and then they will score goals.
Their continental competition commitments meant they had to push back some league games and now they must play catch up. Other teams have played between 10 – 12 matches, while Motema Pembe has only played seven.
In those seven games, they have won three, lost two, and drew two. They find themselves in ninth place on the table with 11 points, which is far from where they want to be on the log. So now they have a mountain to climb to make sure they’re fighting for top positions on the Linafoot table.
They are now scheduled to play two games in a week as they are behind on games. On Thursday 09 December, DCMP will host Dauphins Noirs and then on Sunday 12 December, they will travel to Renaissance.
Thursday’s encounter with Dauphins Noirs will be an important fixture for the club in terms of shrugging away from the heartbreaking exit from the CAF Confed Cup. They will be up against an opponent who last played in October due to unforeseen circumstances.
In October, they had back to back victories against Etoile de Kivu and Tshinkunku. Dauphins are in 14th place on the log despite only playing four games and have secured seven points in those matches played. They will want to resume their league season.
When they last played each other last season, the two sides played out to a goalless draw, but it does not seem like that will be the outcome on Thursday, and DCMP could get a 2-0 victory kick start to their campaign.
Sunday’s trip to Renaissance is another fixture that will present challenges for DCMP; an away match is always difficult to play in the Congolese topflight. Renaissance has played ten matches this season; they have drawn five matches, lost four and only won once.
They will not get a second win of the season against DCMP – that’s something out of their reach. Renaissance do leak goals; they have let in 13 goals so far; DCMP’s attack will look to pounce on their defence fragilities. DCMP should win 2-1 away and snatch the vital three points.
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