CHAN: Salisu, Hey throws friendly banter ahead of tonight game


We are few hours away from Group C matches in Tangier, Libya and Equatorial Guinea will open the group at 4.30pm local time. We have witnessed interesting results in the other two groups and today looks promising.

Ahead of the second game tonight, Nigeria manager Salisu Yusuf and Rwanda coach Antoine Hey have thrown banters at each other before the kickoff.

Nigeria came through to the championship after edging out Benin Republic in the qualifiers, Rwanda also survived a difficult hurdle against Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia.

Nigeria finished second in the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations and emerged champions of the NPFL Invitational Tournament in December while Rwanda struggled in the Cecafa Cup and pre-tournament games. correspondent Adepoju Tobi spoke to both coaches ahead of the game tonight.

Naijafootballplus: Coach Hey, how much of information have you gathered about your opponent (Nigeria)? Are you scared to play your first game against one of the tournament favourites?

Hey replied: “I have been reading about Nigeria for two weeks, the coaches and players have been talking about beating us. I don’t know if this is confidence or arrogance, I want you to know that it won’t be easy for your country to beat Rwanda. We have a young team and we are hopeful, I want Rwandans to take their coffee, watch us on TV and see how we’ll beat Nigeria.”

Naijafootballplus: “Coach Salisu, Rwanda coach said your team is arrogant, do you agree with him? How prepared is your team for this game?

Salisu; “It is a free world and the players have the right to their opinion, the Rwanda coach has said a lot and I haven’t replied him. If my players are replying him then we have to respect their opinion. I have trust in my boys and we have worked hard for weeks. It won’t be easy but we are optimistic of starting the championship with a win.”

The game will kickoff at 7.30pm local time (8.30pm Nigeria time).


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