Ahead of the CAF Under 17 AFCON which comes up in Morocco, former Golden Eaglets coach, Manu Garba, has tipped Congo to be the most difficult opposition to Nigeria’s U17 national team, AOIFootball.com reports.
The Golden Eaglets are grouped alongside Tanzania, Algeria, and Congo in Group B of the tournament which starts on March 11.
Garba, who won the U17 World Cup in 2013 with the Eaglets, boasted that he knows Nigeria’s opponents in the group stage because he has played them before at this level.
“All the teams have different styles of play; the Tanzanians come from a high altitude region and they run throughout the match and don’t get tired, but they are not a team that can pose any serious threat.
“Algeria is a team that is always tactical and their only danger is they get most of their goals from crosses, with players coming to finish off with headers, jabbing s or volleying. Congo, on the other hand, is the most dangerous in the group. They are an aggressive side. They are highly technical and play aggressively.
“I could remember when we played them at this same stage a few years ago, we beat them 6-1 and they had two red cards because of the way they played. But they are very good, they move the ball quickly, but if your team is slow in approach, they can easily knock the players down. So our boys must be quick to react when they have the possession and when they don’t have possession,” Garba advised.
Garba, who has tutored Nigeria’s U17 team in three different stints, however, rates the Golden Eaglets to qualify for the next round and possibly top the group.