Salisu: Equatorial Guinea match ‘toughest game ever’


Super Eagles chief coach Salisu Yusuf has revealed the Nigeria’s 3-1 victory against Equatorial Guinea on Tuesday night at the Le Grand Stade, Agadir in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco was his toughest game ever.

Equatorial Guinea took a shock lead in a game Nigeria needed one point to progress to the knockout round of the 2018 African Nations championship (CHAN).

The former Kano Pillars gaffer said he has never shouted on the technical touch line like he did on Tuesday night.

“I was the assistant coach in Rwanda two years ago, we were in the same situation with four points and we crashed out on the last day. We made reference to the game in the last tournament for the new players and I was on the edge when we conceded.

“It was how we conceded against Guinea and we couldn’t bounce back, I am happy the boys were able to come back alive into the game. We corrected our errors and communicated the errors with the players during break.

“The players thought the game would come easy and we lost concentration, but they were able to raise the momentum in the second half. This is the game I have shouted most in my coaching career, we have learnt a huge lessons and we will build on the positives from the next game,” Salisu echoed.

Nigeria finished top of Group C with seven points while Libya finished second with six points.

Salisu added; “I am happy we won the game and we progress to the next round, I was actually expecting a difficult game. We gave them space to dominate the game in the first half but the second half was better. We had more of the balls and our final decisions were perfect, we wanted to finish top of the group and we achieved our target.”


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