Congo coach Claude LeRoy wants to inflict further misery on Nigeria when the Congo national U23 team take on the Dream Team 1V in Port Harcourt for a 2016 Olympic Games football qualifier.
The Red Devils stunned the Super Eagles 3-2 last year in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier – it was the first home Nations Cup qualifying loss suffered by Nigeria and ultimately denied them a place at the finals and a chance to defend their title.
Now, the consistently successful 67-year-old Frenchman hopes to repeat at under-23 level what he achieved at senior level and edge Congo closer to Rio de Janeiro and a first Olympics football appearance.
“We are in an identical position to last year with no one beyond Congo giving us a chance,” LeRoy said during a training camp in Atlantic city Pointe-Noire ahead of the third-round first-leg tie.
“But my team have a huge chance of not only eliminating Nigeria, but qualifying for the Rio Olympics.
“There is no reason why we should fear Nigeria. Congolese football has made tremendous progress recently and we must maintain that improvement.”
LeRoy can call on four of his senior squad for the third-round, first-leg clash – goalkeepers Christoffer Mafoumbi and Pavelh Ndzila, defender Sagesse Babele and striker Sylvere Ganvoula.