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U-23 Will Crush Congo –Sokari

Posted: Jul 14, 2015 at 12:43 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Akhilomen  – Lagos


Under-23 midfielder, Kingsley Sokari, is confident the team will scale through Congo’s hurdle ahead of Sunday’s first leg for the African Championship.

The Red Devils eliminated Ghana’s Black Meteors in the penultimate round of qualifiers for the African Championship, which serves as the Olympic Games qualifiers, but Sokari revealed to Daily Independent Correspondent that he was optimistic the team would beat Congo in Port Harcourt on Sunday.

Kingsley Sokari

Kingsley Sokari

“I am optimistic the team will not have any issue getting the victory against Congo on Sunday. Of course, it won’t be an easy match since they knocked-out Ghana in the previous round and I don’t think we will want to take any chances against them.

“I expect Nigeria to come out victorious after 90 minutes with enough goals that will all but seal our qualification for the championship in Senegal. The players must be prepared and ensure they maximise any given opportunity because at this stage, it is the goals that matters.

Congo will be led by Claude LeRoy, who masterminded a 3-2 victory over the Super Eagles in Calabar during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with the senior national team and will be hoping to cause another upset.

Meanwhile, Head coach, Samson Siasia, has expressed satisfaction with the quality of the playing surface of the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.

The stadium will play host to the Rio Olympics football qualifier. Siasia was left impressed after his team trained at the facility for the first time on Monday.

“This is the first time I am seeing the pitch because we had been training at the Shell club (also in Port Harcourt) since we arrived from Abuja.

“I am very impressed with how well the (stadium) has been maintained and especially the pitch which is very good,” Siasia said.

Spokesman of the team, Timi Ebikagboro also shared in the coach’s optimism.

“I have visited virtually all stadia in Nigeria and I make bold to say that apart from the pitch at Akwa Ibom International Stadium in Uyo, none is as good as this.

“Good pitches produce good football and I am sure we will get a good result on Sunday,” he said.