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Kabananga strikes as DRC upset Morocco

Democratic Republic of the Congo’s forward Junior Kabananga (R) celebrates with midfielder Merveille Bokadi after scoring a goal on January 16, 2017

OYEM, Gabon, Jan 16 – Junior Kabananga pounced on a goalkeeping error to give the Democratic Republic of Congo a 1-0 win over Morocco in an Africa Cup of Nations upset on Monday in Gabon.

Success came two days after the central Africans refused to train over a bonuses row and a red card and an injury meant they were briefly reduced to nine men in the closing stages.

Victory took the “Congolese Leopards” to the top of Group C after the opening round as defending champions the Ivory Coast were held 0-0 by Togo in the first half of a double-header.

Kazakhstan-based midfielder Kabananga profited from a mistake by Munir Mohamedi in the Morocco goal to score from close range 10 minutes into the second half.

Defeat was a major blow for France-born Morocco coach Herve Renard, winner of the competition with Zambia in 2012 and the Ivory Coast in 2015, who has set a last-eight place as his minimum target.

After the disappointment of watching the Ivorians and the Togolese draw 0-0 in a dour duel, the small crowd in Oyem were hoping for more excitement in the second match.

They almost saw a goal in the second minute as Morocco midfielder M’bark Boussoufa rattled the crossbar with goalkeeper Ley Matampi well beaten.

It was a sign of things to come as the “Atlas Lions” from north Africa stamped their authority on the early exchanges only to be let down by poor finishing.

The Congolese, third at the last Cup of Nations behind the Ivory Coast and Ghana, were reduced to hopeful long-range shots during the opening half.

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Striker Cedric Bakambu tried his luck from well outside the box and the effort was comfortably held by Mohamedi.

Defender Chancel Mbemba was equally ambitious with his shot on goal that flew wide.

The opening half ended with Morocco, whose lone Cup of Nations title came in 1976, on top territorially but with nothing to show for it.

And the frustrations of Renard turned to disappointment when his team fell behind 10 minutes into the second half largely due to a blunder by Mohamedi.

The Spain-based goalkeeper failed to grasp a routine cross and when the ball broke loose, Kabananga nipped in to score with a left-foot shot.

Renard made several substitutions as the match entered the closing stages, but the lack of goals that afflicted Morocco in recent World Cup qualifiers continued.

The Congolese were reduced to 10 men with eight minutes left when a wild challenge from Joyce Lomalisa earned a second yellow card.

DR Congo were temporarily reduced to nine men when injured captain Gabriel Zakuani had to leave the field for treatment.

He returned to see Matampi pull off a great save from a Youssef El Arabi header to keep the two-time African champions in front.

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  1. natenate

    October 24, 2014 at 11:04 am

    This are the true colours of wetangula yet he calls himself a peoples leader. Remember nancy baraza was in the same situation! Humility and following rule of law is the key. In short he wanted KQ staff to break their rules n regulations for him. Bure kabisa

    • john

      October 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

      sheria ni msumeno hukata pande zote!

  2. straight-talk

    October 24, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I am all in favour of identification, even for VIPs, but this case seems extreme. Not because the staff already know who Hon Wetangula is, but he provided all other identification documents possible. Does it mean it one cannot fly if s/he forgot an ID? Most institutions offer identification documentation choices; ID, passport, Driving licence..etc, even school identification for minors! Isn’t it rigid for KQ to just insist on two of these? And above all, could this situation have been handled differently especially for a platinum card holder? Where is the exceptional customer service accorded to such individuals…..even if we are to ignore his VIP status? Common KQ, we can do better than this!

    • Realist

      October 24, 2014 at 11:44 am

      I have a kiosk, come work for me and I will issue you with an ID. Believe you me, that ID does not mean much to another institution. Try withdrawing money from you bank account with that ID.

      • Sniper33

        October 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm

        If you are my employee and you treat my customer that way i will give you an immediate sack. It simply means you cannot be able to apply common sense and i should employ a robot instead. I have been a Barclays customer and i have withdrawn money over the counter without an ID just coz i am a customer, i have done the same in CO-OP bank. There is a way organisations and companies treat their important or just regular customers. In my view KQ should have refused him to board if he had refused to go through the normal security checks. I do not think the absence of the ID posed any serious security threat and if so KQ should have informed the airport security. This is just a case of am employee refusing to THINK.

        • Realist

          October 24, 2014 at 12:26 pm

          Get this, after 9/11, air travel changed.

          • Sniper33

            October 24, 2014 at 1:02 pm

            This was a domestic travel. if i was KQ HR i would have sacked this staff or redeployed her with immediate effect. This is a service industry the KQ girl should have done better.

        • Loisoiflame

          October 25, 2014 at 6:37 pm

          what if it was about a non senator ? an ordinary Kenyan. Kenya Airways has its own regulations with no exceptions. it is a shame we are trying to defend a breach of regulation

      • straight-talk

        October 24, 2014 at 12:23 pm

        Banks have various ways to identify a client. I trade with a lot of banks to know that. And as I said, for customer service purposes, there are better ways to handle this situation. This wasn’t one of them. Realist, common, I didn’t give a work/kiosk ID as an example, if you had a platinum card, you will understand how unique that is…….am not taking sides, but I don’t buy the security reason KQ are giving

        • markbatess

          October 25, 2014 at 1:39 am

          Bank issues and recognizes the platinum card. Realist issues and recognizes the kiosk card. KQ recognizes national ID as it does not issue its own.

          • straight-talk

            October 25, 2014 at 8:08 am

            kindly understand the issue before commenting, He produced a “KQ frequent flier platinum card” this is issued by KQ! Do you even know what a platinum card is?

    • john

      October 24, 2014 at 11:46 am

      remember some time back some MPs cars with GK registration numbers were cought with bang? hakuna mambo na uheshimiwa we are at risk

      • straight-talk

        October 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm

        The issue here was the identification, he didn’t refuse to be searched or frisked! so, where was the risk?

    • Gabby

      October 25, 2014 at 9:26 am

      When boarding a flight even KQ out of the country, go try ‘all the forms of IDs’ you have but without a passport and see your flight take off while you;re still in the lounge mourning.

  3. Denis MN Potter

    October 24, 2014 at 11:38 am

    His humiliation should be a start of a discussion of kq staff conduct? The world does not revolve around you Sir! We get humiliated and go on with our lives, suck it up and move on! You are not ‘special’!

  4. john

    October 24, 2014 at 11:43 am

    kenyans are used to worse than this so issue ya motions by soo called senator haitishi. the president had to ask a traffic police office to let him thru while in a private car so hii yake ni shindwe tu. he shud knw pple

  5. hhgsdxjkg ds

    October 24, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Kenya is a failed state. Failed customer care. this thing of “im doing my work” is nonsense! you MUST serve clients with courtesy. #FailedState

    • Gabby

      October 25, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Local flights should require passports but they don’t so what’s left is an ID. If they should allow a form of ID, then Weta et al. could try their stunt with Etihad or British Airways with a form of passport and see how far they go.

  6. kamau Njoroge

    October 24, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Ok I am a Kenyan but as for me i stopped flying KQ along time ago. I
    rather pay extra 300 dollars than the crap service they give. Since i
    moved my flights to Emirates and KLM my life has been stress free. I
    want to be patriotic but i cant take rubbish especially since i work so
    hard to make my money. There are better things to be stressed about than
    bad service. I believe this was not an issue deserving a stand off especially the guy had other ID’s on him.

    • Natty Dread

      October 24, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Does Emirates do NBO-MSA or are you just flossing for the sake of it?

      • kamau Njoroge

        October 25, 2014 at 10:27 am

        I dont go to mombasa

        • Natty Dread

          October 25, 2014 at 11:06 am

          OK, it was an opportunity to floss at Wetang’ula’s expense.

          Now the world has been reminded that you are a Kenyan, pay extra to fly KLM and Emirates (!!), are a patriot with an aversion to rubbish and you work hard for your money (all other get theirs free?)…

          What Wetang’ula flashed were not others IDs.

          • coldtusker

            October 27, 2014 at 5:41 am

            LMAO… he is flossing!

          • kamau Njoroge

            October 28, 2014 at 7:16 am

            There is nothing to floss about flying. i am just being honest after so many disappointments. Late flights lost baggage stolen laptop. Rude customer care attendants i just had it.

  7. kamau Njoroge

    October 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I also think that this is what society is becoming. We are generally arrogant and full of our self’s. This can be seen on how police are treating people on the roads. The other day a police constable harrases a tourist accusing her of being the white widow and got away with it. So we are generally promoting impunity everywhere and we just think that that will happen to other people until it knocks home thats when we realise its just not for other people. I think that will be our biggest downfall as a kenyan society

  8. Charles

    October 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    It was a matter that needed simple medula oblangata. but as they say common sense is not common to many people. But I am glad they managed to recover some reasoning capacity 3 hrs later, because he finally flew without the ID!

  9. Francis Muturi

    October 24, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Arrogance and impunity from both sides.One stick to a simple thing of ID production.He/her must see ID ,period.The other one stick-I am a Honorable member and how come you don’t know me.Two FOOLS urging.urging. Finally, the KENYAN WAY,Lets go to the COURT.That is becoming the Kenyan arrogant way of solving Story.Let it be interpreted by COURTS.Kenyans are unable to talk and solve the basics.Kenyan stupid style!

  10. markbatess

    October 24, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    When an elementary grade child throws a temper tantrum in class and won’t leave, you get all the other kids to leave with you and leave that one child there alone with an administrator. Passengers had to disembark for another plane cause Wetangula would not leave his seat?
    Even the president of the USA shows his ID when required, such as in voting. Would you like to see the clip? Google “Obama asked to show ID.” The law in Kenya is you have to show the ID. The last people to violate the law should be the senators who wrote it. In the USA, if a senator did what Wentagula did, he would be arrested and impeached!
    Guess that’s why USA is USA and Kenya is where it is.
    More than that, if KQ ever hopes to fly to USA, they are certain legal requirements to board a flight. If USA sends its inspectors here to quietly evaluate and they see that, there goes that national plan that’s taken years. Typical of Kenya tho.

  11. Natty Dread

    October 24, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    [Wetangula has now threatened to introduce a motion in the Senate to discuss the conduct of the KQ staff and decide on any future engagement with the national carrier.]

    No surprise that the KQ staff decided to clamp down on this belligerent fellow. Does he seriously expect the Senate to introduce laws to serve his personal whims?

    I have this feeling that this thing escalated unnecessarily because the Senator had that Nancy Baraza -you-should-know-people attitude. Heshimu uheshimiwe.

    • Keniota

      October 24, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Its good that KQ made him aware that he needs an ID even if he is a mheshimiwa. He should try this, outside Kenya boarding without a passport and using the airlines frequent flyer card. he will just be locked in a cell and released after the plane take off…..and there will be no flight delays

      • シルバヌス マルコム

        October 25, 2014 at 1:40 pm


  12. Fred

    October 24, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I have flown with the same airline locally with an NSSF card twice. In fact I was assured by the staff that they only needed any form of identification document with my photo. I think they took Wetangula incident quite far and should apologize. Some of us are taking note of this, whether it was Weta who was on the wrong.

  13. Janis

    October 24, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    We are a 50KM/h country

  14. Fred

    October 24, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    There is no provision in Kenyan law that exprssely provides that KQ or any other body other than the issuing authority with powers to demand an ID card from anyone 16(1), 16(2) and 16 (3). KQ can only demand for id card if there is written authority from the issuing authority under 16 ( 2) and provide a documentary evidence as read in 16 (3).

    Wetangula knows the law and could have been out there to test systems that are likely to to be used abuse Kenyans rights. even Police have no right to ask anyone to identify themselves unless such powers are given to them by the issuing authority.

    • シルバヌス マルコム

      October 25, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      No wonder this country is Lost and we have sooo many illeagla aliens walking around bombing everything from mama Mboga Kiosks to resorts in Lamu ……… International Civil Aviation Codes by which KQ has to abide demand that all passengers boarding an aircraft to anywhere have to produce valid national and recognized identification documents Period……… NONSENSE constitution

  15. Mon291

    October 24, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    “Kenya Airways wishes to clarify that as per its security program approved by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, all passengers must show a form of photo identification prior to boarding an aircraft, either during check in or at boarding.”Mbuvi,; I produced my KQ Frequent Flier Platinum Card which bears my name, my parliamentary medical card which has my photo and all the five bank credit cards just to prove that it was me, but none of them could hear this,” complained Wetangula. KQ was Being stupid , He had a from of ID ,or explain what a form of ID is.

    • Gabby

      October 25, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Get blown off the air one day and you’ll know the ID was not for your local MPesa transaction and not an option not to have boarding a plane.

    • シルバヌス マルコム

      October 25, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Identification is a Formerly issued Goverment Document and in kenya that is either a Passport or a National ID card Period…. if he was flying to the United States or even to Uganda would he have shown up with his face alone and Bank debit cards …….. Wakenya wacheni Ujinga and do not let these people intimidate you just because they are so called “Waheshimiwa” wewe mwenyewe Mon291 do you use your Bank Card as ID when doing anything in kenya ??????

  16. isindu

    October 24, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    This is a classic case of over-zealousness and its bad PR.

  17. Mikeey

    October 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Wetangula or not, the actions of KQ staff were well calculated and intention-ed to humiliate and embarrass him. An apology is what KQ needs to give.

    • Gabby

      October 25, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Out of the many, KQ staff chose Weta; are you insane?

      • kamau Njoroge

        October 25, 2014 at 10:31 am

        Well we just dont have to fly it. Even the roads are better now no need to get humiliated for 11 minutes flight

        • Gabby

          October 25, 2014 at 12:40 pm

          11 minutes Nairobi to Mombasa flight-time? You must be quite good at this. I hope your road-trip from Nairobi to Mombasa takes 20 minutes then.

        • coldtusker

          October 27, 2014 at 5:39 am

          11 mins? Wow! We have overtaken the USA, Russia or Brazil’s fastest passenger planes!

    • patric

      October 25, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      KQ were right,all passengers are equal,i always produce my id ,he must produce same

    • Loisoiflame

      October 25, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      very unfortunate statement. otherwise let us turn KQ to a matatu

  18. George Muthicani

    October 25, 2014 at 7:26 am

    So Weta means I can board a flight using my local pub membership Photo ID card.

    • coldtusker

      October 27, 2014 at 5:38 am

      LQTM. The Keroro Klub. Or use your Nakumatt card!

  19. Concerned Citizen

    October 25, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    By asking to fly without an ID, Senator Wetangula is promoting corruption. Is he above the law? If all people have to carry IDs, why does he need special treatment? KQ staff were doing their job. Senator Wetangula needs to learn his manners and take responsibility. Who wants a leader who does not take responsibility? In the current terrorist climate, Senator Wetangula needs to help KQ and other folks who are trying to do their jobs and maintain safety. He owes an apology to the KQ staff.

    concerned Citizen

  20. シルバヌス マルコム

    October 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I Support Kenya Airways Fully, Hata Uhuru akiingia ndege atoe Kitambulisho, SHAME ON YOU MOSES WETANGULA!! ati Bank Card ….. wwwwwwuuuuuiiiii hata huna adabu

  21. isindu

    October 25, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    This is bad PR by KQ. It almost feels personal.

    • coldtusker

      October 27, 2014 at 5:37 am

      Nothing personal. The rules are rules especially when IATA/ICAO demand these. Kenya is trying to get CAT 1 status that can open up JKIA to serve North America which has a large African diasporan population who can use JKIA as a hub. And This allows KQ to create more jobs for Kenyans.

      • isindu

        October 27, 2014 at 5:47 pm

        It would be premature to imply that the CAT 1 Status, of which I will be a beneficiary is simply a matter of ticking a check list. VIP or not, Wetangula knows the rules. He is a Lawyer and therefore no excuses there. However, one gets the feeling this could have been handled differently. Just saying.

  22. TheAfricanThinker

    October 25, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    If the airline’s regulations state that every passenger produce a photo ID before boarding, then why does Mr Wetangula want to violate these safety regulations? As someone who aspires to be a president of this nation one day, he should be a better example. Senate? Wow! Mr Wetangula, let me ask you a question, do you want to take to senate for comments all your public altercations? This is bad for Kenya politics!

  23. Loisoiflame

    October 25, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Watangula should be the first person to demonstrate to the rest of us that law ,order and regulation must be followed especially due to insecurity . his credit cards and flyblue membership are not IDS . these old men’s mind set is the problem. he is acting silly . Kenya Airways staff should be commended pity they let him fly

  24. MajorT

    October 26, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Who the hell does Wetangula think he is? Kenya Airways is not his personal property. Infact KQ should ban him from ever stepping in their airplanes!

  25. Nicholas

    October 27, 2014 at 8:28 am

    What’s the point of calling yourself a lawmaker if you do not subscribe to the law you purportedly make? The problem in Kenya is the “Big Man” syndrome where public figures expect to get away with everything (overlapping in traffic, making reckless comments through media and now boarding aircrafts without following due process). I know for a fact KQ staff have noted Weta’s arrogance from past experiences and were out to show him the law is laid down in black & white.
    I remember when Weta was Minister for Foreign Affairs he delayed our KQ flight from Msa to Nbo simply because he had refused to hand over his firearm to airport officials which he would have received upon disembarking in Nairobi. What followed was an argument between him and the airline crew (KAA staff were cowering at a distance while watching). The pilot was adamant that the plane would not take off if he did not hand over the gun. Why would he want to put at risk the lives of other Kenyan…we wondered. It was not until we shouted him down that he accepted to hand it over to the captain who gave it to KAA staff for safe-keeping in the plane’s hold.
    And we wonder why our national carrier is denied permission to fly into north America. When KAA staff are terrified of doing their job when VIPs are concerned and allowing someone to board an aircraft with a dangerous weapon. What if this is a trend and a would-be hijacker gets to dispossess these VIPs of the weapon. Weta should embrace servant leadership and lead by example! Useless idiot!

  26. Mbuyumoja

    October 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Wetangula deserves no apologies as the rules are clear. Kenya Airways has some empty headed bad looking ladies as flight attendants (Basically airline waitresses and waiters who have their heads soo deep up their own asses that they cannot see s**t..rude and arrogant). Their flights are frequently late due to many issues. Personally, I would rather fly any other airline rather than KQ because they SUCK!

    • kamau Njoroge

      October 28, 2014 at 7:23 am

      I agree. A lot of people are ranting but they have no idea how colors society we have become with impunity. This can happen to anyone. Does not mean you are a criminal. Either way any of us can forget or loose an id. Does that make you a criminal. I believe this was just a domestic flight. Other forms of id with verifications should be sufficient. Does it mean if i loose my national id i am banned from flying to mombasa or kisumu. even the bank will give you money if they can suffiently identify you with or without ID. Who is KQ. Anyway for now they can take there planes and ……….

  27. Mwangi Wa Njoki

    October 27, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    If all the other had their IDs on them why not him? Weta is just too arrogant to be of service to any Kenyan

    • kamau Njoroge

      October 28, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Mkuki mtamu kwa nguruwe, mkali kwa binadamu. when this happens to your contry mate. Don’t blow your trumpent so loud. Wait until you will be stopped by a traffic cop coz your wipers are not working and he will walk away with 10k. Then you will have a feeling on what impunity brings

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