DRC Leopards 3-1 victory against ten men Sierra Leone in their final Group D, African Cup of Nations qualifier match at the Tata Raphaël stadium on Wednesday was not enough to book a qualification spot.
They will have to wait and see if they can qualify through best-loser position. Ivory Coast played to a goalless draw against Cameroon, means they only finished third in the group.
Leone Stars, starting the tie knowing they had no qualifying chances opened the scoring on 35 minutes with a long-range effort from outside the area from Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mohamed Medo Kamara.
Crystal Palace Winger Yannick Bolasie levelled for the host just before half-time when he controlled the ball on his chest and smashed home from outside the box.
A penalty was awarded to the host in the 62 minutes, the spot kick scored by Cedric Mongongu with Sierra Leone having a man sent off in Al Hilal defender David Simbo, as a result of the penalty.
Bolasie grabs his brace to seal the win and keep alive DR Congo’s slim chances of qualifying as one of the best-third-placed sides.
Sierra Leone played six scored 3 goals and conceded 14 goals, drew 1 and lost 5 with only a point.
DR Congo Starting XI: Robert Muteba Kidiaba, Joel Kimwaki, Jean Kasusula, Mpeko Issama, Cedric Mongongu, Youssouf Mulumbu, Cedric Makiadi, Cedric Mabwati, Jeremie Bokila, Yannick Bolasie, Junior Kabananga
Sierra Leone Starting XI: John Trye, Abdul Rahman Bangura, David Simbo, Mohamed Kamanor, John Kamara, Sherif Suma , Kwame Quee, Lansana Kamara, Ibrahim Kallay, Mohamed Kamara, Alhassan Kamara
Final Group D
Cameroon 14 points – Côte d’Ivoire 2nd 10 points – Congo3rd 9 points – Sierra Leone 4th 1point