Neeskens Kebano played a prominent role after coming on as a half-time substitute as DR Congo recorded a vital victory over Tanzania in their World Cup qualifier this afternoon.

The Fulham winger, who replaced Dieumerci Mbokani for the second period in Dar-es-Salaam, worked a clever short corner with fellow substitute Arthur Masuaka and Idumba Fasika fired in the crucial second goal after former Fulham forward Gael Kakuta had given the Leopards an early lead. Ben Malango’s late strike – eight minutes from time – wrapped up the three points for the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hector Cuper’s side leapfrogged Benin, who play Madagascar later this afternoon, and Tanzania to move to the top of Group J on eight points.

Only the group winners will advance to third round of qualifying. DR Congo face Benin in their final fixture in Kinshasa on Sunday afternoon, whilst Tanzania take on Madagascar in Antananarivo.