Sudan Coach Logarusic: We Didn’t Deserve The Defeat To Nigeria, Ajiboye Is My MOTM

Sudan Coach Logarusic: We Didn’t Deserve The Defeat To Nigeria, Ajiboye Is My MOTM

By Johnny Edward: Desert Hawks of Sudan coach, Zdravko Logarusic, has praised his players’ spirited performance in their CHAN 2018 semi-final loss to Nigeria, and insists that his side didn’t deserve to lose to the Salisu Yusuf’s team, Completesportsnigeria.com (CSN) reports.

Gabriel Okechukwu made the difference scoring the only goal of the game in the 17th minute to end Sudan’s fairy tale run in the tournament.


Logarusic noted that his team created a plethora of scoring chances in the game. He also praised Nigeria’s substitute goalkeeper, Dele Ajiboye for the stunning saves he made during the game after he came on in the first half for injured captain and first choice goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

“Sometimes in football, you don’t deserve to lose, but end up losing. Other times, you don’t deserve to win, but end up winning. Today was one of such days,” Logarusic said during his post match interview after the game.

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The Croatia added: “He (Oladele Ajiboye) started well and for me, he is the Man of The Match. He is the one who gave Nigeria the final slot. When they needed help at the back, he was the man who saved them.

Maaz Abdelraheem Gismalla of Sudan challenged by Moses Okoro Osas of Nigeria during the 2018 CHAN semifinals football game between Sudan and Nigeria at the Grand stade Marrakech in Marrakech, Morocco on 31 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

“Nigeria put the ball in the net, and that made the difference. What is important after five weeks of being in charge is that we are seeing some progress and are playing nice football.

“We have boys who can compete against any country. Today, we did not play against just any country; it was Nigeria, which is a giant in football.

“It was good for African football. We have picked some experience and will prepare for the next game (Third Place match vs Libya).

“It was a very high level game with high challenges and many chances.”

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  • So this man is a Croatian. No wonder he is still to come to reality that win and lose is not a right of anyone. Just like the Croatians as a country feel they will defeat Nigeria in the coming WC, this man is only displaying the Croatian mentality. It us only the Sudanese and this Croatian coach that believe Sudan can defeat Nigeria but Africans and the World in general know that Nigeria will 98/100x defeat Sudan.

  • irabor kingsley 4 years ago

    who told you that you did not deserve defeat, you got what u deserved, you bi de get mind sa u wan come beat us? you are a joker

  • Beats my imagination that coaches of teams facing Nigeria always resort to spirited logic and arguments after being tamed. Is soccer now a game of debates? Why not show your skills on the pitch? If we didn’t deserve to win, was that an own goal? Even if it were, it meant our players put pressure on you. And next time, be a sportsman for once and congratulate the team that clearly outclassed you. It would have been sacrilege if we lost to Sudan.

  • vincent Onuigwe 4 years ago

    that is what you will hear when Nigeria will beat Croatia at world cup , they will say we did not deserve defeat to Nigeria

  • Tobi anthony 4 years ago

    Ajiboye really made a lot of saves… Nigeria’s defence kinda vulnerable against Sudan… The sudanesse played fantastic football too… I dint expect them to play that well… Congratulations super eagles… God bless y’all….

  • Enya, Samuel O. 4 years ago

    We pressed them and got the goal but afterwards reduced the tempo; thanks for the God of Soccer that helped us. We need to be more strong at the back and our flanks should brace up as we face the host nation in the tournament finale.

  • Mumitee 4 years ago

    It is worthy of note that we defeated them with a depleted team as some of the regulars like faleye and ogbugh and some other players were injured, I wonder wat would have happened if dey all featured. I think its just best for the coach to keep quiet and accept defeat, he should be ashamed becos most of the guys dat played for Sudan are their national team regulars yet they were defeated by an home based eagles. Chaii

  • Ayphillydegreat 4 years ago

    Ajiboye was outstanding. It’s quite amazing that he’s backup to Ezenwa whom I don’t really think is a better goalie than Ajiboye. Ajiboye is the best goalie in NPFL over the last 2 or 3 seasons. He singlehandedly took Nigeria to the final in that game. However, there’s cause for Optimism as I see about 3 players from these team fight for a chance in the WorldCup squad.

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA. 4 years ago

    l am happy to hear our goalkeeper is appreciated by our opponent. this is my personal concern about going into Russia. Well done guys. Ajiboye, l join the Sudanese Couch to congratulate you as the opponent Couch declared you the ‘Man of the Match’. Lets keep it up. Lets win this thing in the final.

  • Even if for nothing, CHAN tournament has helped Nigeria discover another goalkeeper. Ajiboye should definitely be among the three going to WC. He manned the post at semis, not at group stage against weaker teams. Ezenwa’s 5th minute injury was a blessing to Nigeria so the whole world can see a good goalie

    • Meckee 4 years ago

      Ajiboye is not really a new discovery. He was in goal for Nigeria in 2005 FIFA U17 world cup final when we defeated Spain on penalties. He performed a similar heroic in that game and was voted the goal keeper of the tournament. Guess who was in goal for Spain in that match? David De Gea who is now regarded as one of the best in the world.

      • VICTOR 4 years ago

        Wow! Very sad. Only if Ajiboye had the same opportunity as De Gea had.

  • Abubakar 4 years ago

    Congratulations to the super Eagles, it’s really an undaunting challenge since the tournament began few weeks. Having reached this stage, the guys should go out there and played their last breath against Morocco who are very compact a team.
    The coaching crew should psyche the players as they will be playing against 12 and make the midfield more compact to win the ball around as against the Sudanese side where they lost most of the balls, commiting unforced errors.The players should not be too anxious in front of the goal and never be selfish.
    Kudos to Dele Ajiboye for his superlative performance,Nigeria would have conceded clean 3 goals from their opponent but Ajiboye saved us.He deserved a place in Rohr Squad to Russia. I think Ajiboye is more composed, calm and calculative in goal than Ezenwa.

  • Ajiboye is better than Ezenwa both of them should be included in 2018 world cup and he Ajiboye should keep the post for the chan final. Congrats to all the guys n Nigerians at Large.

  • Ajiboye is better than Ezenwa.. I said it earlier even in the under 17 world cup 2017 he was better than d gea of Spain

  • I mean under 17 word cup 2007

  • Patrick Esheyigba 4 years ago

    Hmmm. Nigerians as usual not wanting critisism. We were lucky to have won. We squandered clear goal chances based on inefficient or untalented front men. Good distribution that should result in easy goals from good professinals went wasted. The team not good enough even for home based.

  • Uche atan 4 years ago

    He has cludge to the gear, this why he is one of the best in the world.