By Ameenu Shardow
DR Congo coach Claude Leroy is relishing the prospects of beating Ghana at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Frenchman comes face-to-face with his former employers in the opening Group B game in Port Elizabeth on January 20.
Leroy spent two years as coach of Ghana where he led the Black Stars to a bronze medal feat at the 2008 Nations Cup hosted on home soil.
The 64–year-old was responsible for giving some members of the current Ghana team their first game at senior level – notable of them is Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah.
And judging from the fact that Ghana was undone by another ex insider; Herve Renard (who was then Leroy’s assistant) at the last edition in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, the ‘White witch doctor’ is seemingly confident another upset is on the cards.
“Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi told me the one team he did not want to face was DR Congo!” he said.
“It is a very interesting draw for us, tactically, technically and psychologically.
“So many of their players were given their first international game with me – a young and new generation of players that have come through.
“It will be a difficult, difficult first game. We are not favourites in this group, we know we are ranked behind Ghana and Mali – both were 2012 semi-finalists.
“But it’s a good position for us, I like this kind of position.”
Ghana will play its second group game on against Mali four days after its first before rounding up its group campaign with Niger on January 28.