Afcon 2015: DR Congo need attacking link - Bokila

By Nick CavellBBC Sport
Jeremy Bokila (second from left)

DR Congo striker Jeremy Bokila believes his team need more quality in midfield in order to make the most of the talent they have in attack.

Bokila's strike in a 1-1 draw with Tunisia took DR Congo into the quarter-finals, having scored one more goal than Cape Verde in the group phase.

With only two goals scored in total, DR Congo have scraped into the last eight.

"Maybe we need a number 10 who can make the connection between defenders and strikers," Bokila told BBC Sport.

The 26-year-old, who plays his club football in Russia, scored with his first touch after coming on as a substitute on Monday.

DR Congo's forward line, containing Dieumerci Mbokani, Yannick Bolasie, Cedric Mabwati and Caf's Africa-based Player of the Year Firmin Mubele Ndombe, had been unable to break through the Tunisian defence.

But Bokila feels the team can pose a greater a threat if they improve their focus in their quarter-final against Congo on Saturday.

"We'll see what will happen in that game because we are going to work hard for the match - we must win and it demands a lot of concentration," he said.

"I think we can go further if we stay concentrated - because you saw in the game [against Tunisia] sometimes we made bad choices so if we can improve on that in training we'll be better."

The quarter-final between DR Congo and Congo not only brings together two neighbours but also sees Red Devils' coach Claude LeRoy come up against a side that he has had two spells in charge of in recent years.