Yusuf, Ezenwa target Libya defeat

Pius Ayinor

Nigeria coach Salisu Yusuf says the team has put behind them the draw result achieved in the opening game against Rwanda and will face Libya on Friday confident of a win over the North Africans. Super Eagles B and Libya square up in the Championship of African Nations group match that Nigeria need to win to remain in contention.

On Thursday Yusuf said in a pre-match media briefing, “We drew a draw against Rwanda and I think that’s not a bad result. We played well in that game but luck was not on our side. We missed a lot of goal scoring chances. We have to win against Libya to regain our confidence. And for that, we must dare and create opportunities to score. Given our performance against Rwanda, I am optimistic we can beat this Libyan team.”

His players feel the same way as the team captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa spoke in similar fashion.

“We are focused on the match. We are aiming for victory to have a better chance of qualifying to the next round. We are here in Morocco representing the 180 million Nigerians, we will try to do our best to honour them and make them happy. We have forgotten about the draw against Rwanda and we feel no pressure. I can even assure you that we have adapted to the weather conditions. It’s not a problem anymore.”

The Libyans have incidentally are also assuring their fans that they will defeat Nigeria to make it two straight wins. Team captain Mohamed Nashnush said, “Our objective against Nigeria is the three points. Our first goal-winning the opening match has already been achieved. It will be more difficult because we are going to have a stronger opponent compared to Equatorial Guinea. We will approach all the games with the same state of mind and objective. We also want to stay in Tangiers for the quarter-final to avoid a trip to another venue. I don’t know much about this Nigerian team.”