Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie played a key role in his country’s enthralling 3-2 victory over Burundi on a pitch teammate Steve Zakuani described as the worst he has ever seen.
The DR Congo were looking for a positive first-leg result in order to give them a great chance of reaching the 2018 World Cup qualification group stage.
Burundi aren’t the most renowned international outfit in world football, yet they do pose a tough, hard-working squad under the guidance of Algerian head coach Ahcene Ait-Abdelmalek.
In a topsy-turvy encounter, DR Congo finished the game victorious thanks to two late goals from substitute Ndombe Mubele, scoring in the 86th and 88th minute to overturn a 2-1 deficit.
As evident from Bolasie’s tweet, the Palace star was naturally delighted with the win especially after he opened the scoring just five minutes in to the encounter.
However, the most intriguing aspect about this World Cup qualifier was the state of Burundi’s pitch and the conditions in which the two nations rather surprisingly were allowed to play in.
Torrential rain had hit the tiny African country and as per the Tweet posted by winger Zakuani, the pitch was among the worst ever seen in professional football.
It was somewhat surprising that the game actually went ahead, though for the neutral the all-clear certainly led to a spectacular event with five goals scored and plenty of water splashed in the process.