CHAN 2018: Should Super Eagles start preparing for penalties? Salisu, Ezenwa respond


Nigeria and Angola will battle for a spot in the semi-final of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco, on Sunday evening at the Stade Ibn Batouta.

This is the first meeting between Super Eagles and Palancas Negras in the history of the CHAN tournament.

Angola with their Serbian coach Srdan Vasiljevic, have not conceded in the
tournament as they kept clean sheets in three group matches in Agadir.

They have also managed just one win and scored once from the spot, which means
they are yet to score from open play.

However, Super Eagles looks favourite with a better match form, winning two games and drawing one in the group stages. They also finished as group C winners with seven points, scoring four goals and conceding once against Equatorial Guinea.

Ahead of the big game on today, questioned Super
Eagles chief coach Salisu Yusuf and team captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa about the
possibility of the game reaching a penalty shoot-out.

“We know the Angolan team are very strong and compact, they are good defensively and our strength is also in the attack. We will try and unlock their defence and penetrate with our tactics.

“We have been practicing penalty shoot-out since when we were in Nigeria, but we have not done much of such it in Morocco, we’ve only trained on penalty shoot-out once in Morocco.

I believe if we do the right thing in the match
and take our chances we might avoid the penalties situation,” said Salisu.

Ezenwa also echoed his coach opinion, and says he’s optimistic Nigeria will finish up the game before extra time.

Ezenwa added; “We have seen the Angolan team play and they usually set up defensively, we will come out for the game.

“It’s a knock-out round and one team must go home.

“The most important target is for us to wrap up the game before 90 minutes, we have to stay focused and take our chances, and we have to be clinical.

“We hope not to drag the game to extra time and penalty shoot-out, we are hopeful we will get the job done.

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