CHAN Super Eagles coach, Salisu Yusuf, is surely a man of hope. The manager is still confident of Nigeria qualifying for the next round despite playing a wobbling goalless draw with Rwanda in their opening Group C game of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).
The game which was played Monday night has left Nigeria fans trolling the team as only very few can count on them now to beat Libya in their next game, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports.
Yusuf told journalists after the match in Tangier, Morocco that the result was “not a setback but rather a wakeup call for his side” who must now win their remaining games to be certain of a place in the next round.
He said, “Generally, it is not a setback because we created chances and we couldn’t score but if we keep creating chances and hopefully take them, we can beat any team in this tournament.”
The Nigeria-based Eagles will face Group C leaders and 2014 winners of the tournament, Libya in their next game on Friday. It is noteworthy that Libya defeated Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in the group’s other match also played on Monday.
The Eagles who are in their third appearance at the CHAN tournament, have never reached the finals of the competition. Their best remains a third place finish in South Africa with late Stephen Keshi as the coach.
They crashed out of the group stages of the last edition in Rwanda in 2016.