CHAN Eagles going for glory despite poor preparation, says coach Salisu Yusuf
Nigeria meets Mali as WAFU rejigs fixtures
Home-Based Super Eagles’ Coach Salisu Yusuf is thrilled by the performance of his wards in Monday’s game against Sierra Leone despite the limited time they had to prepare for their opening game of the on-going WAFU Nations Cup holding in Ghana, reports ghanasoccernet.com.
Moses Okoro and Moses Peter scored a goal apiece in the final five minutes of the tie to hand the Super Eagles a 2-0 win at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium and see them progress into the group stage.
Yusuf made it clear that Nigeria’s preparation for the WAFU tournament took a back seat while they were playing Cameroon in back-to-back 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
“We didn’t have training [except for] one day because we were so much concerned with the World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon,” he told the post-match press conference.
“It’s the most important. We have qualified for CHAN [African Nations Championship], so we had to take a risk that all our concentration will be on the World Cup first.
“It was a good decision and it was a good game, because we came here with the same squad that played Benin in the last CHAN qualifier and we played the same system.