LeRoy proud of resilient Congo players

الأربعاء، 25 يناير 2006 - 21:56

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Military Academy Stadium-Nasry Esmat: DR Congo coach Claude LeRoy said he was proud his team was able to hold Angola to a goalless draw despite playing with ten men for the greater part of the game.

Congo edged closer to the African Nations Cup second round after a 0-0 draw against Angola in their Group B match on Wednesday.

Striker Tresor Mputu was sent-off in the 19th minute for kicking Angola defender Kali.

“It’s so great that we produced such a display while playing with only ten men, we even came close to grabbing the win,” LeRoy told a press conference after the game.

“We have a better chance of qualifying than Togo and Angola,” said a confident LeRoy.

Nevertheless, the Frenchman refused to speculate who would be his quarter-final opponent.

“I don’t want to get carried away because we didn’t qualify yet. I really don’t want to worry about that for the time being,” the Frenchman said.

When asked about his team’s prospects in the next game against favorites Cameroon LeRoy said: It will be a tough game, but we’ll do our best.”

Angola coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves said that his side was unlucky to be held to a draw given the several chances to score.

Goncalves conceded that Angola’s chances of reaching the second became very slim after managing only one point from their first two matches.

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