Zaire stood on the brink of their biggest achievement yet, the vast country tantalisingly close,cheap fifa coins and although the official attendance for the match was set at under 8,000, the stadium on the outskirts of the city was packed to the rafters with an estimated crowd of some 20,000. Morocco's strategy was remarkably disciplined and insightful for the time, with the visitors content to pack their defence and break on the counter attack as Zaire launched wave after wave of attack but without much success.
By half-time the home side's frustration was evident as the crunching tackles rained down on the North Africans, urged on by an increasingly desperate crowd. Shortly after the interval, there was an extraordinary Zaire goal as a frantic goal-mouth scramble culminated in the ball being forced over the line. The Ghanaian referee turned away the protests of the visitors that their goalkeeper Ahmed Belkoucrhi had been illegally striped of the ball before Kembo Uba Kembo bundled it over the line. Three minutes later Kembo had the ball in the back of the net again, doubling the lead and setting off wild celebrations among his countrymen.
But Zaire were not finished yet, seeing off a demoralised Morocco with a third and final goal from substitute Ekofa Mbungu, who had come on for the injured Kembo.
Zaire had qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals, the first African country from south of the Sahara to make it to the showpiece event. But so incensed were Morocco by the treatment meted out to their players that they demanded a rematch.
FIFA turned down their appeal and Morocco then pulled out of the last group game. It was awarded 2-0 to Zaire, therefore securing for them a 100 per cent record in the qualifiers.
Kembo had already earned a reputation for his acumen in front of goal. He was known as Monsieur But (Mr Goal) for his scoring feats, both for the national side and V Club, the most popular team in Kinshasa. His penchant for physical play made him an icon at the time and he was hailed as the hero of Zaire's successful campaign.
What happened next...
Zaire went on to win the CAF Africa Cup of Nations 1974 in a final replay against Zambia in Cairo, while Morocco - still fuming over the refereeing - boycotted the event.fifa 17 coins But when Zaire got to the world finals in West Germany, they struggled badly and were beaten comfortably by all three group opponents, reaching a low point with a 9-0 hammering by Yugoslavia.
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