CHAN 2018: Yusuf Confident Eagles Will Advance From Group C Despite Draw With Rwanda

CHAN 2018: Yusuf Confident Eagles Will Advance From Group C Despite Draw With Rwanda

Home-based Super Eagles coach, Salisu Yusuf, is still upbeat about his side’s chances of qualifying for the next round despite playing a goalless draw with Rwanda in their opening Group C game of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Monday night, (CSN) reports.

Yusuf stated during his post match interview that the result was not a setback but rather a wake up call for his side who must take their chances in subsequent games.

The Home Eagles were denied thrice by the crossbar in the first half of the draw.

“Generally, it is not a setback because we created chances and we couldn’t score but if we keep creating chances and hopefully take them, we can beat any team in this tournament,” Yusuf said.

Nigeria face Group C leaders and 2014 winners of the tournament, Libya in their next game on Friday. Libya defeated Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in the ‎group’s other match on Monday.

The Home Eagles are in their third appearance at the tournament and have never reached the finals of the competition with a third place finish their best.

They crashed out of the group stages of the last edition in Rwanda in 2016.


  • ako amadi 12 months ago

    Why is the NFF afraid to sack this Yussuf, when they are able to fire Siasia, Keshi, Eguavoen, Oliseh ?

  • we should all stop attaching sentiment to everything, lets everyone on this platform try to be just whenever there is any matter of national interest, not just in football, but in all spheres of human life so that we would not create bad impression about ourselve to oncoming generation.

  • Amaechi 12 months ago

    is shame our local coaches can’t select d best from our league and can’t even kw dat a 4-3-3 formation can’t never work wt a home player. dey are well good, even d script of a 4-4-2 formation is in der heads. Wz dat salisu playin okpotu alone upfront wt wingers pulling d ball 4him nay!!!! I pity Rabiu Ali cos he will struggle again jst as d wafu game wher he laboured in vain. Our local coaches are just nt good in selecting a complete team. i wish d team well.

  • Edoman, New Jersey, USA. 12 months ago

    These home couch are so corrupt. They are ready sell their all to make end meet. Is that not why Fifa rates Nigeria very low ???

  • its a simple logic, build ur league to near perfection then ur chan team is ready. Though its not a total determinant as of in the case of RSA