Nigeria must again beware of Congo striker Thievy Bifouma when both teams clash next week in a crucial AFCON qualifier on the evidence of the class he showed against Barcelona.
Bifouma’s club Almeria may have lost 2-1 at home on Saturday to Barcelona, but the Congo dazzling star scored a well-taken goal and his pace troubled the Barca defence before he was replaced in the 77th minute.
The 22-year-old striker, who last season featured in the English Premier League with West Brom, has already showed how dangerous he is when he grabbed a brace as Congo stunned Nigeria 3-2 in Calabar in September.
Ironically, Nigeria midfielder Ramon Azeez, who played against Bifouma in September, was involved in the striker’s 37th minute opening goal against Barcelona.
Azeez started the swift counter attack and Bifouma, who is on loan to Almeria from Barcelona local rivals Espanyol, used his fearsome pace to finish off a brilliant solo run with great composure.