The Republic of Congo will enter the competition this Sunday, April 30 against Senegal for the U17 AFCON. In a press conference, coach Fabrizio Cesana spoke about the importance of the opening match. "As in all competitions, the first game will be important. Everything depends on how the players will behave during the game and this tournament. We know very well that in the end, one team will be crowned with the title. Our strategy is to take game after game, after the end of the group stage, we will see if we can move forward, "he said. Cesana continued: "We have high morale, I think we are ready, and I told the players that we should use at least 50% of our concentration during the competition."
With his coach in the press conference, Congolese national team captain Axel Lebo promises that his teammates will play to win this game. "This game is very important for us and we will try to win it. The short-term goal is to win the African Cup, then we count on qualifying for the World Cup." He added: "It is not an easy thing, we have to do our best to become professionals after this tournament."