Rangers International Technical Adviser, Salisu Yusuf has attributed his side’s loss to Pyramids FC of Egypt in Enugu during the ongoing CAF Confederations Cup, to a red card bagged by Tope Olusesi at the stroke of half time, AOIFootball.com reports.
The 2014 Nigeria Professional Football League winner with Enyimba Int’l FC, and former Kano Pillars and El Kanemi Warriors gaffer, who spoke exclusively to AOIFootball.com shortly after the match, maintained that his wards did play to instruction, and had the game under control until they lost their stand-in Captain to a late first-half red card.
“We had the game under control until the 43rd minute when we lost a man to red card.
“The pressure was on the opponents from the start of the game before we took the lead, and the boys carried out instructions given to them, but the red card destabilized our plans,” said Yusuf who is also among the technical crew of the Super Eagles.
It would be recalled that Rangers Int’l took the lead after the first half-hour but bowed to the Egyptians in the second half of the game, conceding two penalties en route a 1-3 loss, and the Kano State-born coach commended the first half heroics of his side, adding that all they need going forward is consistency and character to uphold their lead.
“The team will be more stable if we are able to work on our consistency and character in future games.
“The boys didn’t do badly at all, especially in the first half of the game. We will work on the lapses noticed, and move ahead, “Yusuf concluded.