By James Agberebi:
Former Nigeria international, Garba Lawal, has expressed optimism that the Nigeria U-23s have what it takes to beat Congo in the return leg of their Olympic qualifier.
The Nigeriansbeat Congo 2-1 in the first leg on Sunday in Port Harcourt.
Junior Ajayi netted a brace in the 47th and 51st minutes, before Moise Kounkou grabbed a vital away goal for the visitors.
In a chat with completesportsnigeria.com, the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games gold medalist said: “It’s a tricky result. Playing a qualifier like this is always a difficult one. But football being what it is, we can go there and beat them or pick a draw.
“I thought we would win by three or four goals, but that’s football for you, the scoreline you have at the end is what matters.”
He advised the players to put the result of the first leg behind them and focus on the reverse fixture.
“What I will advise them to do now is to forget about the first leg, it’s in the past now. They should focus on the return leg and I believe if they do that, they will win or at worst play a draw in Congo,” Lawal told completesportsnigeria.com.