Hibs striker Dominique Malonga was an unused substitute as Congo moved to the top of Group A in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with a surprise 1-0 victory over Gabon in Bata.
Reims midfielder Prince Oniangue scored the only goal of the game following a defensive mix-up in the 48th minute. The win was Congo’s first at the finals since 1974.
The victory put Congo on four points ahead of their final-round meeting with Burkina Faso on Sunday and they need only a point to move into the last eight. Should they progress, Hibs would be without Malonga until at least after the first quarter-final matches – due to take place on Saturday, January 31. That would rule Malonga out of Hibs’ home clash against Raith Rovers that day.
Were Congo to progress further in the competition, Malonga would likely miss Hibs’ William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round tie against Arbroath on February 8, but he would return to Scotland in time for the crucial SPFL Championship clash with Rangers at Ibrox the following Friday evening.