Democratic Republic of Congo take on Ivory Coast in the semifinals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations as both sides look to edge closer to the golden trophy.
Despite only managing draws against Tunisia (1-1), Cape Verde (0-0) and Zambia (1-1) in the group stages, DR Congo were impressive against their neighbours Congo in the quarterfinals, beating them 4-2.
Despite initially trailing 0-2 in the quarterfinals, the Leopards made a stunning comeback as a brace from Dieumerci Mbokani coupled with strikes from Jeremy Bokila and Joël Kimwaki knocked out Congo from the competition.
Apart from that, DR Congo, who are making their first AFCON semifinal appearance since 1998, will also be a boosted by the fact that they were the only side to defeat Ivory Coast in their own backyard in the qualifiers.
However, Florent Ibengé says that his team are aware that the Ivorians will be looking for revenge in this game.
"We hurt their pride when we beat them at home, the big Ivory Coast," he told Goal. "They had not lost at home during the generation of Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure."
Still Ibengé insists that DR Congo are motivated to reach their first final since 1974.
"But we are also armed with the motivation to reach the final," he added. "That is our target."
Meanwhile, Ivory Coast will also be hoping to beat DR Congo and edge closer to the 2015 AFCON trophy.
Despite getting off to a pretty poor start to the competition, registering 1-1 draws in their first two games against Guinea and Mali, the Elephants have emerged as the favourites to win the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations following back-to-back victories over Cameroon and Algeria.
Their 3-1 victory over Algeria in the quarterfinals was particularly impressive owing to the fact that Christian Gourcuff's side was the highest ranked team in Africa.
Although Ivory Coast are expected to easily beat DR Congo and reach the final of the competiton, head coach Hervé Renard insists that his side will not take their opponents for granted.
"After our last two wins over Cameroon and Algeria, now we are the favourites of the bookmakers but that can be dangerous," the Frenchman said.
"It is also not important. What is important is what happens on the field. We've a good balance between hard workers and talented players, this combination is perfect. The only thing is to win [the cup]. We won't be satisfied with anything else."
Where to Watch Live
The match will be broadcast in the US and Canada on Bein Sports USA and Bein Sports Canada respectively, with an option to stream on Bein Sports Connect.
Audicence in Ivory Coast andDR Congo can watch the match via live streaming on Super Sport.