CHAN 2018: Salisu Defends Final List

CHAN 2018: Salisu Defends Final List

Salisu Yusuf
Salisu Yusuf

Home-based Super Eagles coach, Salisu Yusuf has defended his choice of players in his final 23-man squad for African Nations Championships.

The African Nations Championships slated for Morocco will start on 13th of January and end on 4th of February this year.

Yusuf argues that he and the rest of the backroom staff have painstakingly drawn up the list of players that should excel.

“We have done all within us to go with the best players available because we wish to give a very account of ourselves in Morocco,” the coach said.

“There were some players who will not be with us in Morocco due to injury or they have signed for clubs in Europe. But overall, this is the best team.

“We don’t want to start talking about winning the trophy because besides your quality, you will also need some luck to achieve this.

“What I can guarantee is that Nigerians will be proud of this team.”

Youngsters Sunday Faleye and Nura Mohammed as well as experienced Emeka Ogbuh have given the home-based Super Eagles options in attack.

“We certainly have more options in attack than we had at the WAFU Cup,” said the coach.

“And I believe after a week of final preparations in Morocco, we will be ready to take on the rest of Africa at this level.”

The team is due to fly out this week for final training in Rabat.

The Super Eagles who are housed in Group C will begin their campaign on January 15 against Rwanda in Tangier before dates with Libya and Equatorial Guinea who are the other group foes.

Packaged by Lanre Olabisi