Red Devil of Congo head coach Claude Leroy has written off Nigeria’s threat ahead of today’s all important AFCON 2015 clash slated for Pointe Noire.
The former Black Stars of Ghana gaffer expressed confidence in the ability of his players to finish the job in Ponte Noire and pick AFCON ticket at the expense of Nigeria, stressing that his match plan right from the qualifiers was to beat Nigeria in Calabar, which they did in grand style.
“I’m sure that we shall qualify for next year’s Nations Cup because we are not going to lose at home to Nigeria,” he told RFI.
“The magic for us was beating Nigeria in Calabar that result was so crucial for us and we are not going to let our effort go in vain when Nigeria comes to Congo.”
Nigeria will have to be at their best if they are to improve their chances of automatic qualification to next year’s AFCON, when they face hosts Congo in a decisive Group A tie today.
Congo are second in the standings on seven points from four matches, three points ahead of third-placed Nigeria with only the top two teams guaranteed automatic passage to the tournament proper.
Victory for Congo would seal them a place in next year’s competition, with the AFCON 2015 venue yet to be confirmed after Morocco were stripped of hosting duties due to disagreements with CAF over a potential postponement.
Claude Le Roy’s men have already beaten Nigeria once in the group so far – running out 3-2 winners in Calabar in September courtesy of Thievy Bifouma’s brace.