*We are good for gold – Fresh tells players
Super Eagles coach, Salisu Yusuf, has criticised Anthony Okpotu’s performance in the semi-final match against Sudan.
The Super Eagles fought hard to defeat Sudan 1-0 in the match played on Wednesday.
The coach, consequently described Okpotu’s performance as below par, saying he, “lost many important balls”.
“To me, this is the worst game by Okpotu since the competition started.
“It is natural at times that you play below your standard but we’ll look up in the next two days to see how we can select.
“But when he was not doing the right thing we had to take him off, definitely even if there was no red card, he lost so many important balls to the opponent.
“You know that the last two games we played he equalised in both games, so I think he deserved to play.
“They really pushed us to the wall especially after we got that red card and we defended very well.
“We tried to be compact in the defence so that we do not give open spaces for them to penetrate.
“And there were also good moments and at the end, we defended well and we won.
“We have lots of injuries but I believe it’s part of football.
Salisu is the first ever coach to take the CHAN Eagles to the final of the championship.
Meanwhile, Chairman of Nigeria Football Federation technical and development committee Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh has told the team that the team are good enough to emerge the winners of the ongoing CHAN Nations cup championship in Morocco.
“To start with, am very excited about the results thus far in this competition. I mean the fact that we started late in terms of our achievements at the group, but I think the Eagles have really impressed me and other members of the NFF technical and development committee especially with the way they have performed”
Comrade Ahmed Fresh said the performance of the Eagles is enough to earn them gold at the final against host Morocco. The Moroccans are a good side. It’s a game of 90 minutes plus. Apparently anything can happen for we have a formidable team that are very resilient going by their records in this tournament” he submitted.
The Eagles pipped Sudan 1-0 in Marrakesh. We now face the host side Morocco at the final on 4th February 2018