CHAN 2018: Salisu defends misfiring Eagles


Super Eagles chief coach Salisu Yusuf, has said the performance of his team against Rwanda wasn’t terrible on Monday night.

Nigeria opened their Group game campaign with a goalless draw against the less fancied Rwanda team at the Stade Ibn Batouta stadium in Tangier, while Libya spanked Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in the first game.

Nigeria created a lot of scoring chances in the encounter but lacked the edge to secure the maximum points, the Home-Based Eagles were wasteful in the final third.

“The game was good, both teams created chances and I believe we created
more chances, but they (Rwanda) have a disciplined defense,” Salisu said.

“It wasn’t a bad performance from the boys, although we wanted to win the game but we have to appreciate the result at hand, we had chances but couldn’t finish it up.

“Football is all about moment, within seconds if you created the right moments you will get the desire results.

The result wasn’t much of a setback for us, we created chances and I believe if we can step up our performance in the attack, the goals will come against Libya. We have to
remain positive and focus.”

15-year-old boy, Nura Mohammed featured late in the game and made his official national debut.

Salisu added; “We believe in his intelligence, he came on and had successful passes but his teammate failed to connect with those passes, we could have benefited with his perfect final passes. We trust his quality
and he is one player for the future.”

Libya are top of Group C with three points, while Nigeria and Rwanda had one point apiece. Equatorial Guinea sit bottom of the group with zero point.

Nigeria will face Libya on Friday evening, while Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea will battle at night.

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