Neeskens Kebano knows that DR Congo’s next set of international fixtures are massively important as he tries to reach the World Cup in Russia next summer – but the winger is also focused on ensuring Fulham replicate their fine display at Ipswich after the international break.
The Fulham winger was in inspired form at Portman Road on Saturday heading home the opening goal and making the crucial second after half time with a stunning turn and shot and Kebano believes that the lift beating Mick McCarthy’s side has given his team-mates will be vital as they look to put a series of early-season setbacks behind them in September.
The 25 year-old was delighted to deliver the sort of display that reminded Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanoivc of his worth but now has to focus on DR Congo’s prospects of reaching the World Cup next year. The Congolese sit top of their qualifying group after beating both Libya and Guinea and could take a giant step towards the finals with a win over second-placed Tunisia in Rades on Thursday night.
Having an international break right now is not ideal timing, but it is good to have the break with the confidence a win brings. For me the international games with Congo are important, very important. If we can win then will have an 85% chance of qualifying for the World Cup, that is very important for us. It could be I go on the break full of confidence after scoring and winning today, then come back from the qualifiers just as happy after qualifying with my nation.
Kebano firmly believes that, despite their slow start, Fulham can better last year’s play-off heartbreak.
If we can get back to how we played in the final 15 games of last season, and this win was a lot like we were, then we can do even better than we did last season.