As the number three seeded team, Congo Brazzaville led by their Portugal-based Saheed Idowu was not expecting any threat from their Algerian opponent but things turned out the other way as they were made to work hard for their victory.
The Algerian inspired by KHEROUF Sami took a 2-0 lead with Kherouf and KARALI Naim beating BIENATIKI Christ and Idowu 3-1 and 3-2 respectively to be aiming for an upset.
But LIGNANDZI Michel changed the tone of the match for Congo Brazzaville when he overcame ZAIDI Mohammed Salah 3-0 to put the encounter at 2-1.
Idowu who suffered an expected defeat against Algeria’s Karali returned to the table to humble Kherouf 3-2.
The fifth game which was the decider had the qualities of a final and with regular pep talk from Idowu; Bienatiki Christ became the hero for Congo Brazzaville as he defeated Karali 3-2 to ensure that Congo Brazzaville did not suffer an upset.
A relief Idowu admitted that it was an exciting win as he had to endure a shoulder injury throughout the match. “Before coming to Morocco I had a shoulder injury in my club in Portugal but I managed to play in Morocco. When I was leading the Algerian player 2-0, the injury returned and I could not move my hand. So I had to just take the match easy so that I would worsen the injury. I must also admit that the match was a bit hard for us and I was a bit happy that we managed to win.