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Yusuf: Missed Chances Cost Us Guinea Game

Yusuf: Missed Chances Cost Us Guinea Game

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Head coach of the home-based Super Eagles, Salisu Yusuf, on Saturday evening rued his team’s missed chances in their second Group A match of the 2017 West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations following the scoreless draw with Guinea at the Cape Coast Stadium, central region in Ghana, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

The Eagles who advanced to the group stages of the sub regional tournament by defeating Sierra Leone 2-0 on Monday drew their first group by same barren draw against Mali on Thursday.

“We had three or four chances and we couldn’t take them, but we look forward to playing Ghana,” Yusuf said in his post match reaction after the Saturday’s match.

The former Kano Pillars handler however plays down the advantage Ghana may have in their last group game on Monday.

“We know Ghana are the hosts, but we have to play the game first and finish the game.

“When you get it right, when you take your chances, everything is possible. Every team is beatable. We have to work hard and be ready for Ghana,” Yusuf concluded.

A draw agsinst Ghana may not be sufficient for the Nigerian team who have two point. A win for Guinea at the expense of Mali coupled with a Nigeria defeat means elimination for the 2010 winners of the tournament-and runners up the following year.

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  • With their type of play the WAFU Eagles are as good as coming back home. Can they even have a draw vs Ghana? It is only a win that will save them. Super Eagles did well. Falconet did well be in beating Tanzania. D’Tiger are doing well. So why are the WAFU Eagles disgracing us. I heard it is even Ezenwa that is even keeping them in the tournament. They should try more.

  • Its because of this yeye eagle that we dropping in FIFA ranking, no wonder genort rohr doesn’t believe in them

  • Aleks 4 years ago

    One doesn’t have to be too hard on this team. Their preparations for the tournament was awful – not a single training session together before their first game! Also the tournament schedule gives them only a day between matches, so they can’t even still train together to gel as a team.
    If anything, I commend the determination and strength of the boys who went straight from a gruelling season into a tournament, carrying only their technical abilities and the tactical philosophies of their individual club sides. Sometimes, we need to look at things from all perspectives before throwing blames around.
    That said, football is a little more complicated than mathematics. Although I can’t put my money on their next game against Ghana, I won’t write them off either.
    Whatever the outcome, the WAFU Championship has been a good experience for these guys both as individual players and as a team. If not for the unpredictability of Nigeria’s domestic players movements (in terms of joining foreign clubs, or going on trials), I could have beaten my chest that the experience at the WAFU Championship will rub off positively when they go for CHAN next year. But as things may be, we could end up with a totally different team for CHAN as a result of players moving abroad.
    In summary, I take only the positives from the WAFU championship. Whatever the outcome, I believe it’s a very good thing for the Nigerian league and that of the entire subregion. Hopefully the next edition will be better planned taking into consideration the domestic league calendars of the participants, or rather, NFF will ensure better planning and preparation with early engagement of the clubs and the NPL League Board to ensure timely release and camping of players of players for the championship.

  • ako amadi 4 years ago

    The best Nigerian footballers are playing abroad. end of discussion! Let’s stop being sentimental and giving excuses for mediocrity. The ability of the home-based is limited and not just good enough at the international stage. In fact even most of our foreign-based are not products of the NFL – Balogun, Ekong, Moses, Onyekuru, Ighalo, Mikel, Iheanacho,Simon, etc,. The NPL is even inferior to the leagues of other top African countries.

  • Effiom edet 4 years ago

    U are right my brother. lets face reality.non of our local players can make our senior team. They lack every quality football requires. For yrs now non of our club side has won any international competition nd they will be making noise dat they are nt invited to play for our national team. Sentiment aside, if we continue like this for yrs to come, we will nt smell any international competition in this country. Our only hope is with our foreign pros. Pls NFA go out there n trace all Nigerians trying to be snatched away by other country. let them come n play for their fathers land. They are our last hope.

  • PapaFem 4 years ago

    I’ve often said it; most locally-based players, especially the strikers, are very poor in the final third. They create good chances, but the killer blow, which will crown a well-worked move, is always lacking. It’s a reflection of the local league where emphasis is placed on entertaining the crowd than converting chances. It is in the NPFL you will see the home team create 20 chances and convert none. The team has been unlucky with officiating too. Almost all the wrong calls from the Senegalese refree went against them in their last match. There was no infrigement whatsoever when Okpotu was clear on goal in the second half of that game. The goal Eduwo also scored against Mali should have stood too. It’s a shame. But this Africa; it’s expected. That’s more reason why the boys should be clincal when they have the chance to score. I just hope they can get something reasonable out of Ghana’s match.

  • Bishop Joseph Santus 4 years ago

    I believed this Super Eagles may win Ghana and quality but the reality is that we didn’t put our best local players out there in this WAFU tournament!Everyone can see too much of inexperienced and that says so much of the general condition of Nigeria local leagues from everything put together, including the dept on the coaching and also refereeing conspiracy theories in officiating matches.This explains why Nigeria teams are no longer available in continental football! Good luck Super Eagles.

  • Ayo Mobee 4 years ago

    Mark my word they will beat the Ghanaians .for me they are a good side .god bless nigeria