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Zakuani Proud As DR Congo Qualify

28 January 2015

Peterborough United centre back Gabriel Zakuani helped his country DR Congo qualify for the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations.

DR Congo will now face Congo on Saturday afternoon with the winners going through to the semi-finals of a competition that is being held in Equatorial Guinea.

Zakuani played the final 10 minutes of the fixture with Tunisia which ended 1-1, the third draw in the group stage for the Congolese, to help his team-mates reach the next stage.

He admits the achievement is one of his proudest moments in his career so far and is looking forward to Saturday's huge 'derby'.

'Helping my country reach the next stage is probably up there with the proudest moment in my career, to make the squad was already huge for me, but now to get through to the quarter finals is an indescribable feeling, a proud moment for me and my country.

'The next game couldn't be any bigger, as its a Derby and neither country wants to lose because of the bragging rights. Not only that, but there's extra spice to the game because our old coach Claude LeRoy is now their manager. So it will be a very very tense atmosphere.

'On a personal note, for me to get on and contribute was very emotional and another very proud moment, and very nerve wracking as I knew what was at stake. It is a huge honour to be part of something so big and I can't wait until Saturday,' Zakuani said.



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