Man of the Match: Robert Kidiaba

Goalkeepers are often the unsung heroes in football, but that wasn’t the case for DR Congo’s Robert Kidiaba against Cape Verde.

The veteran goalkeeper helped the Leopards play out a goalless draw in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group B match in Ebebiyin on Thursday.

In a match in which the Blue Sharks were certainly the more potent team going forward, Kidiaba put up a solid display to keep a clean sheet.

He particularly shone in the dying minutes of the match, making a crucial double save from a corner kick in the 85th minute to deny both Fernando Varela and Platini in quick succession.

He also made a brave block against substitute Heldon, who looked destined to score his second goal of the tournament after turning inside a defender and letting fly with a left-footed shot in the 88th minute.

Without Kidiaba’s presence, DRC would surely have suffered a defeat against the Islanders.