Yannick Bolasie earned DR Congo a 1-1 draw against Zambia with a rasping second-half finish in their opening Africa Cup of Nations Group B match.

The Crystal Palace winger, who was a threat throughout, arrowed in a shot from inside the area on 66 minutes.

Given Singuluma had put Zambia ahead after only 62 seconds, lashing home from the edge of the box.

DR Congo had the better chances, with Bolasie and Dieumerci Mbokani going close, but could not find a winner.

After Saturday's smooth hosting of the first two matches of the tournament, it was the turn of the remote eastern town of Ebebeyin to continue to allay fears over inadequate facilities and organisation.

But it was quickly evident that it was not going to be straightforward at the 5,000-capacity stadium, with lots of fans without tickets being turned away and those with tickets further delayed from entering the stadium while everyone was screened for Ebola.

The supporters' frustrations boiled over and some of them clashed with a large police presence outside the ground.

There was a heavy police presence before the match

There was a heavy police presence before the match

Those difficulties meant them that the stadium was not full when Zambia took the lead after only 62 seconds.

It was a superb start from the 2012 champions as Singuluma lashed in a shot into the bottom corner after DR Congo keeper Robert Kidiaba had punched away a cross to the edge of his area.

That set the tone for some hesitant goalkeeping at both ends, and an open game.

Only six minutes later, DR Congo should have levelled when keeper Kennedy Mweene spilled a tame cross, gifting Dieumerci Mbokani a golden chance which the striker wasted by blasting over from six yards.

Mweene proved more competent on the half-hour mark when his stretched out a leg brilliantly to save from DR Congo's Bolasie.

He also produced an eye-catching, if comfortable catch, when he dived to his right to pluck Mbokanbi's header from the air.

Zambia's best first-half moments came from skipper Rainford Kalaba, whose trickery and pace down the flanks gave his side an attacking threat.

But DR Congo looked more likely to add to the scoring and Bolasie came close when his free-kick just before the break was deflected narrowly wide.

Bolasie tested Mweene with another set-piece soon after the interval and the stopper proved to be up to the task, albeit without inspiring total confidence.

It was almost inevitable that Bolasie would finally get the breakthrough for DR Congo and when substitute Cedrick Mabwati laid the ball across to him, the forward thumped it into the top corner to put his side deservedly back on level terms.

Zambia had been inviting pressure onto them until that point and were unable to change the pattern of the game thereafter.

And if DR Congo had been able to convert their superior possession and territory, the Chipolopolo would have lost their record of never having been beaten in Equatorial Guinea.

Instead, the Leopards could only manage a tame long-range effort from Junior Kabananga and a speculative overhead kick from Mbokani as they had to settle for a point.

Zambia coach Honour Janza:

"It was most important that we did not lose this match because opening games are often very tricky.

"We learnt a few things and this will be a stepping stone for us in this competition."

DR Congo midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu:

"We deserved to have won this game because we were the better team today, but we missed many chances.

"We showed fear at the beginning and did not react quickly when we went behind so early in the game."

Fans queue outside the stadium

Fans queue outside the stadium

Supporters faced delays entering the stadium while they were checked

Supporters faced delays entering the stadium while they were checked

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Zambia

  • 16 Mweene
  • 06 Nkausu
  • 14 Mtonga
  • 13 Sunzu Booked
  • 18 Mbola
  • 03 Lungu
  • 19 Sinkala Booked (Munthali - 86' )
  • 15 Singuluma Booked
  • 09 Kampamba (Mulenga - 74' )
  • 20 Mayuka (Kangwa - 68' )
  • 17 Kalaba

Substitutes

  • 01 Munyao
  • 04 Munthali
  • 05 Kabwe
  • 07 Sautu
  • 08 Musakanya
  • 10 Mulenga
  • 11 Musonda
  • 12 Kangwa
  • 21 Mwanza
  • 22 Titima
  • 23 Ngoma

Congo DR

  • 01 Muteba
  • 02 Issama Mpeko
  • 15 Kimwaki
  • 17 Mongongu
  • 03 Kasusula
  • 07 Mulumbu
  • 22 Mbemba Mangulu
  • 21 Mubele (Cedrick - 63' )
  • 08 Kage (Kabananga - 64' )
  • 11 Bolasie
  • 09 Mbokani Bezua

Substitutes

  • 04 Oualembo
  • 05 Munganga
  • 06 Makiadi
  • 10 Kebano
  • 12 Mabele
  • 13 Kabananga
  • 14 Zakuani
  • 16 Kudimbana
  • 18 Cedrick
  • 19 Bokila
  • 20 Mabidi
  • 23 Mandanda
Ref: Ghead Grisha

Match Stats

Possession

40 60

Shots

7 16

On target

3 6

Corners

3 5

Fouls

20 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Zambia 1, Congo DR 1.

90:00 +4:32 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Zambia 1, Congo DR 1.

90:00 +4:28

Attempt missed. Evans Kangwa (Zambia) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Stoppila Sunzu following a corner.

90:00 +4:02

Corner, Zambia. Conceded by Cédric Mongongu.

90:00 +3:22

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +1:52

Delay in match Kennedy Mweene (Zambia) because of an injury.

90:00 +1:15

Foul by Chancel Mbemba Mangulu (Congo DR).

90:00 +1:15

Kennedy Mweene (Zambia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:26

Dieumerci Mbokani (Congo DR) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:26

Foul by Kondwani Mtonga (Zambia).

86:10

Foul by Dieumerci Mbokani (Congo DR).

86:10

Kondwani Mtonga (Zambia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Zambia. Christopher Munthali replaces Nathan Sinkala because of an injury.

85:24

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Congo DR).

85:24

Kennedy Mweene (Zambia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:59

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83:00

Delay in match Nathan Sinkala (Zambia) because of an injury.

82:26

Corner, Congo DR. Conceded by Kondwani Mtonga.

82:10

Attempt saved. Dieumerci Mbokani (Congo DR) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

81:47

Chancel Mbemba Mangulu (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:47

Foul by Given Singuluma (Zambia).

81:11 Booking

Booking Nathan Sinkala (Zambia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:05

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

79:33

Delay in match Yannick Bolasie (Congo DR) because of an injury.

79:33

Delay in match Nathan Sinkala (Zambia) because of an injury.

77:45

Issama Mpeko (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:45

Foul by Given Singuluma (Zambia).

76:54

Corner, Zambia. Conceded by Youssuf Mulumbu.

76:18

Corner, Zambia. Conceded by Issama Mpeko.

75:08

Foul by Cédric Mongongu (Congo DR).

75:08

Evans Kangwa (Zambia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Zambia. Mukuka Mulenga replaces Ronald Kampamba because of an injury.

73:12

Attempt blocked. Junior Kabananga (Congo DR) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

73:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

72:09

Delay in match Ronald Kampamba (Zambia) because of an injury.

71:23

Corner, Congo DR. Conceded by Given Singuluma.

70:12

Attempt missed. Junior Kabananga (Congo DR) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

69:57

Attempt saved. Chisamba Lungu (Zambia) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emmanuel Mbola.

69:04

Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (Congo DR).

69:04

Rainford Kalaba (Zambia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:16

Attempt saved. Junior Kabananga (Congo DR) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie.

68:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Zambia. Evans Kangwa replaces Emmanuel Mayuka.

67:10 Booking

Booking Given Singuluma (Zambia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:03

Dieumerci Mbokani (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:03

Foul by Given Singuluma (Zambia).

65:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Zambia 1, Congo DR 1. Yannick Bolasie (Congo DR) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Cedrick.

64:54

Cédric Mongongu (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:54

Foul by Emmanuel Mayuka (Zambia).

64:09

Foul by Chancel Mbemba Mangulu (Congo DR).

64:09

Chisamba Lungu (Zambia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:50

Cédric Mongongu (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:50

Foul by Ronald Kampamba (Zambia).

63:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Congo DR. Junior Kabananga replaces Hervé Kage.

62:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Congo DR. Cedrick replaces Firmin Ndombe Mubele.

61:30

Foul by Dieumerci Mbokani (Congo DR).

61:30

Stoppila Sunzu (Zambia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:16

Firmin Ndombe Mubele (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:16

Foul by Emmanuel Mbola (Zambia).

60:44

Foul by Jean Kasusula (Congo DR).

60:44

Ronald Kampamba (Zambia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:26

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

55:38

Delay in match Nathan Sinkala (Zambia) because of an injury.

55:02

Attempt saved. Yannick Bolasie (Congo DR) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

54:09

Yannick Bolasie (Congo DR) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:09

Foul by Davies Nkausu (Zambia).

53:18

Attempt missed. Dieumerci Mbokani (Congo DR) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie.

52:59

Offside, Zambia. Nathan Sinkala tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Mayuka is caught offside.

50:13

Foul by Cédric Mongongu (Congo DR).

50:13

Emmanuel Mayuka (Zambia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:02

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

48:50

Delay in match Kennedy Mweene (Zambia) because of an injury.

47:43

Foul by Hervé Kage (Congo DR).

47:43

Kondwani Mtonga (Zambia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:06

Attempt missed. Dieumerci Mbokani (Congo DR) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Firmin Ndombe Mubele with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Zambia 1, Congo DR 0.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Zambia 1, Congo DR 0.

42:28

Corner, Congo DR. Conceded by Nathan Sinkala.

42:23

Attempt blocked. Yannick Bolasie (Congo DR) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

41:12

Yannick Bolasie (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:12

Foul by Kondwani Mtonga (Zambia).

41:02

Dieumerci Mbokani (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:02

Foul by Nathan Sinkala (Zambia).

37:13

Joël Kimwaki (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:13

Foul by Emmanuel Mayuka (Zambia).

36:45

Attempt saved. Dieumerci Mbokani (Congo DR) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joël Kimwaki.

36:18

Youssuf Mulumbu (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:18

Foul by Rainford Kalaba (Zambia).

35:57

Attempt blocked. Hervé Kage (Congo DR) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jean Kasusula.

35:39

Chancel Mbemba Mangulu (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:39

Foul by Given Singuluma (Zambia).

32:02

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Mayuka (Zambia) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chisamba Lungu.

31:19

Attempt saved. Yannick Bolasie (Congo DR) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

30:18 Booking

Booking Stoppila Sunzu (Zambia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

29:59

Dieumerci Mbokani (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:59

Foul by Stoppila Sunzu (Zambia).

29:30

Dangerous play by Youssuf Mulumbu (Congo DR).

29:30

Nathan Sinkala (Zambia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:03

Offside, Zambia. Nathan Sinkala tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Mayuka is caught offside.

26:53

Joël Kimwaki (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:53

Foul by Emmanuel Mayuka (Zambia).

25:12

Hand ball by Yannick Bolasie (Congo DR).

24:06

Issama Mpeko (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:06

Foul by Emmanuel Mbola (Zambia).

22:15

Attempt missed. Chancel Mbemba Mangulu (Congo DR) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie with a cross following a set piece situation.

21:31

Firmin Ndombe Mubele (Congo DR) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:31

Foul by Davies Nkausu (Zambia).

18:18

Attempt blocked. Dieumerci Mbokani (Congo DR) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17:46

Attempt missed. Given Singuluma (Zambia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Davies Nkausu with a cross.

17:13

Attempt saved. Rainford Kalaba (Zambia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

16:11

Foul by Cédric Mongongu (Congo DR).

16:11

Emmanuel Mayuka (Zambia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:35

Corner, Congo DR. Conceded by Kennedy Mweene.

13:57

Attempt blocked. Yannick Bolasie (Congo DR) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Issama Mpeko with a cross.

12:54

Joël Kimwaki (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:54

Foul by Emmanuel Mayuka (Zambia).

12:30

Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (Congo DR).

12:30

Nathan Sinkala (Zambia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:16

Dieumerci Mbokani (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:16

Foul by Nathan Sinkala (Zambia).

7:07

Attempt missed. Dieumerci Mbokani (Congo DR) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

4:49

Corner, Congo DR. Conceded by Kondwani Mtonga.

4:04

Yannick Bolasie (Congo DR) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:04

Foul by Davies Nkausu (Zambia).

1:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Zambia 1, Congo DR 0. Given Singuluma (Zambia) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chisamba Lungu.

0:06

Attempt missed. Given Singuluma (Zambia) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Emmanuel Mayuka.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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