25 April 2016

Nigeria/Mali: Salisu Yusuf Targets Victories Over Mali, Luxembourg

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Newly appointed Super Eagles care-taker coach, Salisu Yusuf has said his appointment is great honour and he will use the two international friendly matches to justify the confidence reposed in him and his assistants by the NFF.

The former Kano Pillars, Enyimba FC and El-Kanemi Warriors coach with Imama Amapakabo as well as Alloy Agu have been appointed to prosecute the two friendly matches against Mali and Luxembourg in the next FIFA window in May.

Speaking to Daily Trust this Monday, the coach who had assisted Sunday Oliseh and Samson Siasia at different times said he has garnered enough experience to handle the senior national team.

He said having developed himself over the years, he does not think the task of coaching the Super Eagles is anything too difficult to do.

Yusuf maintained that apart from the quality of assistants he will be working with, Nigeria is blessed with talented players who would make his job easier.

According to him, he has been discussing with his assistants on how best to go about the assignment given to them by the NFF.

"It is great honour for me to lead the present coaching crew of the Super Eagles. I have indeed paid my dues and so I cannot say my appointment came to me as a surprise.

"Having worked with some of the best coaches in the country and also improved on my knowledge of the game, I am up to date and can carry out this assignment.

"I won't face this task alone as I have very competent assistants and together we would make our contributions to the Super Eagles," he said.

Yusuf reiterated that he would not spare anything to ensure the Eagles get good results in the two friendly matches.

"The two friendly matches are important to us and we want to see if we can win both. We know that good results in the two international matches will help improve our FIFA rating.

"We are not going to be under undue pressure but we shall do our best to get results that will put smiles on the faces of Nigerians," he said.

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