The Democratic Republic of Congo are the 2016 Africa Nations Championship (Chan) winners.
Coach Florent Ibenge’s team humbled Mali 3-0 in the final played at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali on Sunday night.
After 28 minutes Mechak Elia gave DR Congo the lead on the wet ground as it was raining.
He made no mistake taking a long shot to beat the Mali goalkeeper Djigui Diarra.
Mali could have leveled matters after 34 minutes when Aboulaye Diarra with a one on one situation failed to beat the DR Congo goalkeeper.
After taking a 1-0 lead at half time, Mali came back more determined to push forward in the second half.
After 60 minutes Mali’s Lassana Samake had his well taken shot saved by DR Congo goalkeeper Ley Matampi.
But the DR Congo team that also won the trophy in 2009 kept pushing forward and Elia picked his second of the day after 62 minutes.
The industrious midfielder made no mistake finishing off a well taken Yannick Bangala splitting pass.
Mali tried to make changes but still failed to contain the determined DR Congo team.
Jonathan Bolingi Mpangi, one of the best players of the tournament got his name on score sheet after 73 minutes with a well taken low shot.
Mali later had substitute Abdoulaye Diarra and Hamidou Sinayoko miss scoring chances.
“We are thankful to our fans for the support that helped us win the trophy,” said the DR Congo coach Ibenge.
Over 15,000 traveling DR Congo fans chanted all the way after the final whistle.
Rwanda President Paul Kagame also watched the game.
As the title winners, DR Congo are entitled to $750,000 (about Shs 2.6 billion).