Weâ€™ll eliminate Nigeria again â€“ Le Roy
Congo coach, Claude Le Roy
Congo coach, Claude Le Roy, has promised to inflict further
injury on Nigeria when both sides meet in a 2016 Olympic
Games football qualifier in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on
The Frenchman led the Congo senior team, the Red Devils,
to beat the Super Eagles 3-2 in Calabar, Cross Rivers State,
during their qualifying series for the 2015 Africa Cup of
Nations. It was the first time Nigeria would lose an AFCON
qualifier on home soil; it also culminated into Nigeriaâ€™s
failure to qualify for the tournament.
Congo have never featured in the Olympic football
tournament but Le Roy insists the U-23 side are in their best
shape to beat Nigeria and book a place in the African U-23
Championship that serves as the last qualifier for the
â€œWe are in an identical position to last year with no one
beyond Congo giving us a chance,â€ Le Roy was quoted as
saying by AFP.
â€œBut my team have a huge chance of not only eliminating
Nigeria, but qualifying for the Rio Olympics. There is no
reason why we should fear Nigeria.
â€œCongolese football has made tremendous progress
recently and we must maintain that improvement.â€
Le Roy can call on four of his senior squad for the third-
round, first-leg clash â€“ goalkeepers Christoffer Mafoumbi
and Pavelh Ndzila, defender Sagesse Babele and striker
While Nigeria received first and second-round byes, Congo
defeated former Ghana via penalties when aggregate score
had stood at 1-1.
Nigeria coach, Samson Siasia, is not about to take chances
by underrating the Congolese. He has included in his squad
star players from the Flying Eagles that recently played the
FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Flying Eagles stars Taiwo Awoniyi, Saviour Godwin and
midfielder Musa Yahaya have boosted the team since
arriving from the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
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