Yusuf: Home Eagles Defeated Tough Sudan, Morocco Also Beatable

Yusuf: Home Eagles Defeated Tough Sudan, Morocco Also Beatable

By Johnny Edward: Home-based Super Eagles head coach, Salisu Yusuf, believes that CHAN 2018 host nation, Morocco, are beatable if his team “do the right things” when they clash in the final on Sunday at the Mohammed V Stadium, Casablanca, Completesportsnigeria.com (CSN) reports.

Morocco beat fellow north Africans, Libya 3-1 in extra time on Wednesday evening to set up a feisty encounter against Nigeria. Jamal Sellami’s side has scored 12 goals and conceded two in five games so far.


Yusuf on his part made history guiding Nigeria to their first ever final at the tournament defeating Sudan 1-0 in the semi-final with Akwa United’s Gabriel Okechukwu scoring the only goal of the game in the 17th minute.

The former Kano Pillars coach admitted that the Sudanese side were a tough nut to crack as they pushed his team beyond limits.

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Okechukwu Gabriel of Nigeria challenged by Omer Suliman Koko of Sudan 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

“It was really hard for both sides. They (Sudan) pushed us to the wall especially after the red card,” Yusuf said during his post-match interview.

“We tried to go on the counter-attack and make the defence compact defence 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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  • Victor 4 years ago

    Yeap! It is very possible to beat Morocco. Though its an uphill task and this will be the ultimate test. Beat Morocco and write your name in gold. Best of luck super eagles.

  • Patrick 4 years ago

    Ajiboye should be invited to the main super eagles. He is better than the chippa united goalkeeper. (akpeyi) .

  • dr christo 4 years ago

    well done guys but please couch you try and drop the dada in your team and give others the chance.

  • irabor kingsley 4 years ago

    Moroccans are beatable, the chan eagles should come with their A game and never say die spirit

  • we will win Morocco

  • ajiboye is better than akpeyi and ezenwa put together

  • Gone are the days of playing double standards to assist hosting nations to win trophies. Much as a lot of money is expended in hosting international soccer events, it is still a privilege to host. Hosting nations stand to gain politically and economically: flights, hotels, advertisements, teams spending hard currency etc.

    The referees and other match officials should be absolutely professional or be blacklisted by CAF/FIFA. A referee who becomes the 12th player of any team merits severe sanction and disgrace. African soccer has matured enough to resist any backhand manipulation otherwise we wont be counted at the world stage. This CHAN competition is serious business with profound ramifications, including FIFA ranking. I hope Rohr will pick at least 2 players from this squad, including Ajiboye, to bolster the senior team. Good luck HSE. Bring the cup home!

  • Nigeria is blessed with great goal keepers if our second choice goal keeper for the chan tournament is this sound and very brave even in his first game for the team.
    This is big headache for Rohr on the goal tenders for the team.
    And that tall defender has done a great job so far in this tournament. I wish Rohr give him a chance in one of our friendlies to prove his mettle. His name is Eze …… He’s most times everywhere in the defence area
    That right back too, Osas Okoro has great potentials, his pull outs and set pieces are superb. I admire him going forward and he is also mindful defensively.
    The players we have in the local eagles midfield cannot dethrone the ones in the main team and such are the strikers too.
    We only have an average striker in Okechukwu Gabriel. Tony Opotu is better as a SS.
    Overall, the guys are all professional in their own class. Best of luck in the final game.

  • ikenna 4 years ago

    ajiboye is not even the 2nd choice gatekeeper,he is the 3rd choice.

  • As far as i am concerned ajiboye is better than ezenwa and akpiye. He is very composed. He single handedly won the match for us against sudan. I can bet it if it was ezenwa we would have conceded a goal plus a penalty,that i am sure

  • I have wondered where Nigeria had dumped the mercurial goal-poacher who proved his mettle since the time of the late coach Yemi Tella’s under-17 world-cup winning team. He doesn’t deserve the role he’s placed in now like seriously.