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Congo were tactically better than Eagles, says Le Roy

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Congo head coach Claude Le Roy has revealed that his men were tactically better than Nigeria following their 3-2 win in Saturday’s African Nations qualifier in Calabar.

The visitors came from a goal down to stun the African champions to launch their bid to make their first Afcon appearance since 2000.

"Our tactics worked as we worked on all the Nigerian players,” Le Roy said at the post-match conference.

"Musa, Oshaniwa, Ambrose – and the players did what we wanted them to do.

"We won and It was a huge result for us because we were better tactically but we now have to focus on Sudan.

The Frenchman revealed how he had psyched his team up before the kickoff and believes his side can make exploits if they keep their head calm.

"I told my players not to be impressed by Nigeria’s pedigree as Africa champions and getting as far as the round of 16 at the World Cup, and it worked,” he continued.

"If we remain very humble and confident, we can do great things. The early goal against us could have killed us, but we were strong.

"We are not there yet, this is just the start. Teams will come at us now with expectations so we have to maintain our discipline if we want to be at the Nations Cup in Morocco next year,” he concluded.

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