Coach of the home-based Super Eagles, Salisu Yusuf, has expressed optimism in the chances of the WAFU team in qualifying for the semifinals of the competition despite their 1-1 draw against Mali in Cape Coast Ghana on Thursday evening.
Salisu, who spoke with AOIFootball.com after the game, rued the results, but took consolation on the fact that the team did not lose to Mali.
“This is not the result we wanted but, we are satisfied with it because it’s better to have one point than to lose a match. The Malians are a good side and my boys gave their best but maybe their best was not just good enough,” Salisu stated.
He also added that although his team did not play to their full strength, he felt the goal scored in the first half should have been allowed to stand, because the player was clearly onside.
The Super Eagles’ coach also posited that the chances of his team making the next round lies solely in their hands after they watched Ghana beat Guinea 2-0 later on Thursday night.
“Now we know it will be a bit tricky for us. We must try to take maximum points against Guinea and Ghana, respectively. I believe in the ability of my team and I am very sure they won’t disappoint Nigerians,” he added.
The Eagles will next face Guinea in their 2nd Group A match on Saturday.