Coach of Nigeria’s home based Eagles Salisu Yusuf has admitted his side were not at their best in the 0-0 draw with Mali on Thursday in their 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations, Group A opener.
Mali dominated the home based Eagles but couldn’t find a breakthrough despite their superior ball possession.
“’We couldn’t play up to our standard although the team defended very well,” said Yusuf.
“We will work hard to win our next game because to qualify you need to beat the other teams. That’s the mindset – to be able to win our next game and the last game.
Midfielder Aremu Afeez also shared the thoughts of his coach after the game when he spoke with Naijafootballplus.
“We will bounce back to winning ways, Mali was never a push over team, they have got a decent team. They are more tactically organized than the Sierra Leone team, we arrived the tournament late and we are still bonding well together as a team. Since the CHAN qualifier we had just few hours training together, but we will get better in the tournament.”
Nigeria’s next Group A match will be on Saturday, September 16 against Guinea in a must-win encounter to remain in the competition.
Information from wafucup.com was used in this report.