Posted On Tuesday, 16th April 2013
Congo’s U-17 team coach Basile Ekariki is confident they can beat Ghana on Wednesday at the African Championship without three banned players.
The two teams clash in a make-or-break Group B match after the Black Starlets were thumped 6-1 by Nigeria in their opening match on Sunday.
Ghana must win the match to stand a good chance of reaching the last four of the competition and qualify for the World Cup.
Three Congo players have been disqualified from playing in the tournament by Caf for failing its age test making them ineligible for the competition in Morocco.
The players to have been excluded are Congo’s Cherlevy-Diabala Carim, Hardy Binguila and Bermagin Kangou.
Despite the absence of these three players coach Ekariki is confident they will be able to go through their matches without a problem.
“The absence of three players dropped after the MRI test does not affect us too much.” Ekariki said.
“The players are almost all from our national training center and therefore used to play together. This is really a united group with lot of solidarity among all.”
Congo held Ivory Coast to a 1-1 draw in their opening group game on Sunday.
Congo are currently joint-second in Group B with CIV, between leaders Nigeria and bottom-placed Ghana.