Salisu Yusuf, head coach of Nigeria’s U23 national team, has told Nigerians that he will use the next five days to assemble a stronger team ahead of the second leg of the CAF U23 African Nations Cup qualifier.
On Wednesday, the Guinea U23 national team held Nigeria to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the qualifier at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.
As a result, Nigeria is now in a difficult position.
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Salisu conceded that his team was uncoordinated and couldn’t compete with the Guineans, but he promised to utilize the next five days to fine-tune his tactics ahead of the return leg in Morocco.
“The most important thing is that we did not lose here because they have two shot on target which was very critical but thank God, the defenders reacted to it.
“But I still believe that we can still qualify if we work extra hard.” Salisu exclusively told BSN Sports.
He added, “There is no good coordination among our players, there was a big gap in transition from defense to the midfield and to the forwards.
“So, that was why it was always difficult for us to win balls in the midfield.
“The players did not train together for much time, if you observe.
“There are five home based players that started the game but the next five days will help us to perfect our strategy and see what will happen in Morocco.
“I am disappointed with the result in today’s game but that’s not the end of the world because we can still turn things around.
” Playing in Morocco as neutral ground is just like starting a new game, the team that work harder can go ahead and win the game.” He concluded.
Guinea will host Nigeria in the second leg of the CAF U23 African Nations Cup qualifier next Tuesday in Morocco, with the overall winners earning a place to the CAF U23 African Nations Cup finals.