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Congo not bothered by disqualified trio



Congo's U-17 team coach Basile Ekariki says his team can cope well without the three players disqualified by Caf for failing its age test on the eve of the ongoing African finals.

The Congolese alongside Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire each lost three players, with Ghana the only team in the group whose players all passed the MRI test.

"The absence of three players dropped after the MRI test does not affect us too much." Ekariki said after their opening game.

"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."

Ekariki's charges held Cote d'Ivoire to a 1-1 draw in their opening group game and will face Ghana - who were routed 6:1 by Nigeria - in their second game on Wednesday.

The Congolese gaffer was quite satisfied with the point and is hoping to build on the result when they face the badly bruised Black Starlets.

"This is not a bad result. In the first game, it is always important not to lose. We now hope to improve our performance during the second day against Ghana." Ekariki said.

Congo are currently joint-second in Group B with CIV, between leaders Nigeria and bottom-placed Ghana.

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