By Ben Efe
Former Super Eagles striker, Victor Ikpeba said Nigeria’s Under-23 squad will overcome their poor display in front of the goalpost and come out tops in the second leg qualifier for the Africa Under-23 tournament against Congo this weekend in Point Noire.
The team wasted numerous scoring chances and in the end managed a 2-1 win over Congo in the first leg encounter decided at the Adokie Amiesimaka Stadium in Port
Harcourt. Ikepba, a member of the Nigeria Football Federation study group, stated that the team coached by Samson Siasia was the best ever to be assembled in recent times and they will beat their opponents at home.
“Coach Samson Siasia has done a great job with the team. He will overcome whatever strategy employed by Claude Le’ Roy in Congo. We have a good team and we should not lose hope.
“In their first game they created about eight chances, but the goals did not come. Congo got one chance and they scored. But the team is stable, those lapses have been worked on,” said Ikpeba.
He added that the team has been training on a plastic pitch to get used to the conditions expected in the second leg.
“The pitch in Point Noire is rough but the boys have been training on astro turf. The crowd and the setting will be different, However, the good thing is that we have a good team. From what I have seen of them in training, they will not fail in Congo.”