Saturday, 3 February 2018

Nigeria's Salisu Yusuf: We Can Beat Morocco In CHAN Final

Nigeria assistant coach Salisu Yusuf believes the Super Eagles can overcome 2018 CHAN hosts Morocco in Sunday’s final to win the tournament exclusively for African players plying their trade in their countries for the first time.
The Eagles have not won the tournament since its inception in Ivory Coast in 2009, and their best performance at the tournament came when the late Stephen Keshi guided them to a third-place finish at the 2014 edition in South Africa.

Nigeria reached their first final in the championship following their 1-0 semifinal defeat of Sudan in Marrakesh on Wednesday – after Morocco beat their North African rivals Libya 3-1 in the first semifinal in Casablanca on the same day.

And Salisu, who is in charge of the CHAN assignment, on expressed his excitement at the prospect of making history as the first manager to win tournament.
“It was really hard for both sides,” the former Enyimba coach told cafonline.com in a post-match press conference," he said.

“They (Sudan) pushed us to the wall especially after the red card.

“We tried to go on the counterattack and make the defence compact so as not to give spaces for them at the back.

“They had some good moments but we defeated them in the end. For the game against Morocco, every team is beatable. If we do the right things, why not! We can beat Morocco.”

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