By Adeboye Amosu:
Congo coach Claude LeRoy believes Sunday’s foes in the 2015 African U-23 Championship qualifier, Nigeria, will struggle to cope on the artificial turf of Stade Municipal, Pointe Noire.
The Congolese lost 2-1 to Nigeria a forthnight ago in the first leg in Port Harcourt.
The Nigerians dominated the game but were undone by their prolifigacy in front of goal.
The Samson Siasia-led side are still expected to edge out the Congolese but LeRoy has refused to buy into that sentiment.
The French tactician is certain that the visitors will find the going tough at their fortress in Pointe Noire.
“It is going to be difficult for Nigeria on an artificial turf in Pointe Noire,” warned the man who led Cameroon to win the 1998 African Cup of Nations in a chat with the CAF official website.
A draw will be enough to take Nigeria to the African U-23 qualifier to be staged in Senegal later in the year, a tournament which serves as the qualifier for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The top three teams in Senegal will qualify automatically for the football event of the games while the fourth placed side will face an Asian representatives in a play-off.
Congo can however eliminate Nigeria on away goals by winning 1-0.
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