The Democratic Republic of Cong DRC rolled over Mali 3-0 in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) final last night.
As everyone was cheering a brace from Leopards' stars Mechak Elia and another by Jonathan Bolingi, social media believes Henri Mova Sakanyi, the Secretary General of the People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy PPRD was instead celebrating victory for Joseph Kabila's third term project.
"Les Lèopards donnent un troisième mandat à Kabila" the twitter handle @AmbHenriMova tweeted. (DRC Leopards give a third term to Kabila)
The twitter account is run by Sakanyi, who is a leading politician in the Kabila regime, having been information minister before and ambassador to Belgium.
There was an immediate negative reaction to the opportunism. Sakanyi soon after deleted the tweet, accusing hackers for the tweet.
He tweeted that “after the match, someone hacked my account and posted messages to create confusion in the public opinion. We apologize".
“Après le match,des inconnus ont piraté mon compte et posté des messages à la base de la confusion dans l'opinion. Nous nous en excusons,” @AmbHenriMova
#RDC #CHAN2016 : @AmbHenriMova assure que son compte a été piraté - https://t.co/XSEqNteL1z le tweet en question pic.twitter.com/NZ2VaFgl4M— Sonia Rolley (@soniarolley) February 7, 2016
The damage had already been done, and social media was awash with criticism.
DRC celebrate their victory. ALL PHOTOS BY CAF ONLINE
Best XI of Chan2016
Goalkeeper: Ley Matampi (DR Congo)
Defenders: Abdoul Karim Danté (Mali), Joël Kimwaki (DR Congo), Cheick Ibrahim Comara (Côte d’Ivoire), Mohamed Youla (Guinea)
Midfielders: Ibrahima Sory Sankhon (Guinea), Mechack Elia (DR Congo), N’Guessan Serge (Côte d’Ivoire), Hamidou Sinayoko (Mali)
Forwards: Jonathan Bolingi (DR Congo), Sekou Koïta (Mali)
Badra Ali Sangaré (Côte d’Ivoire), Djigui Diarra (Mali), Lomalisa Mutambala (DR Congo), Heritier Luvumbu (DR Congo), Daouda Camara (Guinea), Aka Essis (Côte d’Ivoire), Ernest Sugira (Rwanda), Ahmed Akaïchi (Tunisia), Elvis Chisom Chikataba (Nigeria), Christopher Katongo (Zambia)
Best Player: Mechack Elia (DR Congo)
Top scorer: Mechack Elia (DR Congo): 4 goals and two assist
Goal of the Tournament: N’Guessan Serge (Côte d’Ivoire) against Cameroon
Fair Play Trophy: DR Congo
THREE-STAR DR CONGO WINS SECOND CHAN TITLE: A brace from Mechak Elia and the other by Jonathan Bolingi was all DR Congo needed to beat Mali 3-0 in the final on Sunday and cruise to their second African Nations Championship (CHAN) title.
Elia scored in both halves before Bolingi sealed victory with the third later as the Leopards confirmed their status at the most successful side in the history of the tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.
The Congolese, winners of the maiden edition in 2009 made light work of a Malian side, who were completely out of sort.
Two goal heroe Mechak Elia
The Leopards had the better of the closely fought first half with pacy wingers Zachare Mombo and Elia leading raids upfront.
The two sides defied the downpour that began just before kick-off, treating the packed crowd to some good piece of football.
After four minutes, the Mombo-Elia partnership almost yielded dividends with Elia heading wide from a Mombo assist.
The Congolese continued to pile pressure on the Malians and after failing to break through the West Africans backline, Elia and Mombo swapped positions. Elia moved to the left and Mombo going the other way.
And it will yield results on 29 minutes when Bolingi headed to Elia who fired a thunderbolt that left Mali goalie Djigui Diarra with no option for the opener.
Mali nearly responded six minutes later but Ley Matampi was to his side’s rescue saving Aliou Dieng’s long range effort before collecting calmly the rebound from Mamadou Coulibaly.
TP Mazembe forward Bolingi forced a good save from Diarra just before the break with his half volley which Diarra parried to safety.
Mali resumed stronger in the second half but found the Congolese defence which revolved around captain Joel Kimwakji and Yannick Bangala a mountain too tall to climb.
With Mali leading possession, the Leopards resorted to counter attacks making the most of the pace of Elia. The 19-year old, after profiting from a through pass on the counter beat his marker and rounded Diarra before firing into the yawning net on 61 minutes and send the stadium agog.
On 73 minutes, the Congolese took the game beyond the Malians with the third goal through Bolingi who finished off a superb solo move by Joyce Lomalisa from the left, with a low shot past Diarra.
The introduction of Nguessan Kouame and Yves Bissouma added some bite to the Malians but tried as they did even a consolation remained elusive.
Beside the trophy, the Congolese were also 750,000 US Dollars richer whilst Mali pocketed 400,000 US Dollars for finishing second. Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea who finished third and fourth respectively received 250,000 US Dollars each.
Orange Man of the Match
Mechak Elia (DR Congo)