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Masuaku scores first DR Congo goal in Kenya draw

Arthur Masuaku

 

Arthur Masuaku's first ever international goal for DR Congo was enough to earn the nation a late draw away to Kenya. 

The Leopards' clash with Kenya was the final warm-up match for Masuaku and his teammates ahead of this summer's Africa Cup of Nations, but DR Congo found themselves a goal behind after Michael Olunga's 25-minute strike; the forward's left-footed effort on the edge of the penalty area finding the back of the net

DR Congo had a way back into the match six minutes after half-time, when Paul-José Mpoku was brought down in the penalty area, but Cedric Bakambu missed the resultant spot kick.  

But, with just three minutes left on the clock, West Ham United's Masuaku curled home a brilliant free-kick from just outside the area to earn his team the share of the spoils. 

The strike marks the full-back's first goal at international level, having made his debut for DR Congo last October. 

Masuaku and his DR Congo colleagues will now head to Egypt for this summer's AFCON competition, where they will look to lift the trophy for the first time since 1974. 

Their first match in the tournament is on Saturday 22 July, when DR Congo take on Uganda.