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NFF Considers Amuneke, Salisu Options For Rohr’s Assistant Role
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NFF Considers Amuneke, Salisu Options For Rohr’s Assistant Role

Sequel to the recent uninspiring performance of the Super Eagles that led to the home and away draws with their Sierra Leonean counterparts in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are set to take measures to check the slide. Consequently, the NFF is tinkering with the idea of contracting either Emmanuel Amuneke or Salisu Yusuf to assist Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, adding to Joseph Yobo’s assistant capacity. “Having seen the technical report from the coach and taken into consideration the observations from the meeting with the sports minister, we shall open talks with either Emmanuel Amuneke or Salisu Yusuf to support Rohr,” an official of the NFF told Completesports.com “We have to look at the possibility of getti...
NFF Must Make An Example Of Salisu Yusuf
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NFF Must Make An Example Of Salisu Yusuf

To prove that things can always get worse, Nigeria has yet another scandal in its football constituency to grapple with. Where, however, there was, and still is some uncertainty surrounding the legitimacy of both claimants to the NFF presidency, there is no mistaking the content of Tuesday's explosive BBC undercover report. In it, Super Eagles assistant manager Salisu Yusuf features prominently, appearing to receive a sum of money as part of a discussion centering on two members of the African Nations Championship squad he oversees. The implications of this are grave, of course. The takeaway from the video is twofold: first, that he received the sum of $1000 from a reporter presenting himself as a player representative. Second, he seems to reach a verbal understanding with...
Super Eagles Chief Coach Salisu Yusuf Caught Taking Bribe Of N360,000 To Select Players For Tournament
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Super Eagles Chief Coach Salisu Yusuf Caught Taking Bribe Of N360,000 To Select Players For Tournament

Chief coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Salisu Yusuf has been caught on camera taking N360, 000 from fake football agents who wanted him to select two players for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN). As the chief coach of the Super Eagles, Yusuf is in charge of the Super Eagles home-based side and an assistant to Gernot Rohr for the Super Eagles. He was in charge of the Super Eagles Team B to the 2017 WAFU and 2018 CHAN where they lost in both finals. In an investigation led by Ghanaian journalists Anas Aremeyaw, reporters posing as football agents for some players approached Yusuf in September 2017 for a conversation about players’ selection. During the conversation, they handed the Nigerian coach N360, 000 ($1000) and alluded to more cash incentives if he selects ...
CHAN: We Defeated Tough Sudan – Salisu Yusuf
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CHAN: We Defeated Tough Sudan – Salisu Yusuf

Home-based Super Eagles head coach, Salisu Yusuf, believes that CHAN 2018 host nation, Morocco, are beatable if his team “do the right things” when they clash in the final on Sunday at the Mohammed V Stadium, Casablanca. Morocco beat fellow north Africans, Libya 3-1 in extra time on Wednesday evening to set up a feisty encounter against Nigeria. Jamal Sellami’s side has scored 12 goals and conceded two in five games so far. Yusuf on his part made history guiding Nigeria to their first ever final at the tournament defeating Sudan 1-0 in the semi-final with Akwa United’s Gabriel Okechukwu scoring the only goal of the game in the 17th minute. The former Kano Pillars coach admitted that the Sudanese side were a tough nut to crack as they pushed his team beyond limits. “It was reall...
CHAN: Salisu Yusuf Criticises Anthony Okpotu Over Poor Semi-Final Performance
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CHAN: Salisu Yusuf Criticises Anthony Okpotu Over Poor Semi-Final Performance

Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf has criticised Anthony Okpotu over his unimpressive outing in the semi-final match against Sudan. Super Eagles fought tooth and nail to defeat Sudan 1-0 in the match played on Wednesday. Subsequently, the coach 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,” Salisu said. “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 de...
CHAN: Angola Game Was Our Toughest – Salisu Yusuf
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CHAN: Angola Game Was Our Toughest – Salisu Yusuf

Home-based Super Eagles coach, Salisu Yusuf, says the team may have passed their most difficult test of the competition so far following Sunday’s 2-1 quater-final victory against Angola at the 2018 African Nations Championship. Yusuf’s charges were stretched for long periods in the encounter by the Palancas Negras who took a shock lead early in the second half and had goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa to thank for keeping the team in the game with a number of vital saves. The Home Eagles rallied back late in the game to score the equaliser through Anthony Okpotu in added time before getting the winning goal courtesy of a fine strike by Gabriel Okechukwu in the second period of extra time. The gaffer reckoned that he never lost faith in his players and had the belief that they will bounc...
CHAN: Coach Salisu Yusuf Hails Anthony Okpotu For Ending Goal Drought
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CHAN: Coach Salisu Yusuf Hails Anthony Okpotu For Ending Goal Drought

Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf has praised Anthony Okpotu for ending his CHAN goal drought against Equatorial Guinea. Okpotu, last season’s top goalscorer in the NPFL, scored in the Eagles’ 3-1 win on Tuesday night. “I am happy for Okpotu, he hasn’t been lucky in our previous two games,” Yusuf said. “He needed the goal to restore his confidence, the pressure is off him now. “His experience is a big advantage for the team and we have to continue building up plays to link up with him in the attack. “He will be better from the next game. He has shown he’s still got the energy to score goals, his equalizer was important.” Salisu said the Eagles are ready to face any team in the 2018 CHAN quarter-final. “We are ready to play any team at this stage, the level is high and th...
CHAN: Super Eagles Happy To Pass Big Character Test, Talk Up Improvements
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CHAN: Super Eagles Happy To Pass Big Character Test, Talk Up Improvements

Coaches of the home-based Super Eagles have said the team passed a big test of character by coming from behind to beat Equatorial Guinea and also believe the team have continued to improve. “We passed a great test of character and the team should be commended,” said coach Salisu Yusuf. “The goal by Equatorial Guinea stunned us because we did not expect it. “But good enough to fought back in the second half to win.” His assistant, Imama Amapakabo, said the team have improved by each game. “We are improving by each game and hope it continues in the quarterfinal,” he said. Sunday’s quarterfinal in Tangier will likely be against Angola. Salisu Yusuf said they have to win to reach the semi-finals. “We have to play to win and we hope to take our chances,” he said. Skip...
CHAN: Coach Salisu Yusuf Hails Super Eagles Character In 3-1 Win Against Equatorial Guinea
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CHAN: Coach Salisu Yusuf Hails Super Eagles Character In 3-1 Win Against Equatorial Guinea

Nigeria’s home-based Super Eagles head coach, Salisu Yusuf, has praised the character of his players after securing quarter-final berth at the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) after coming from a goal down to beat Equatorial Guinea 3-1 in Group C on Tuesday in Agadir. Goals from Anthony Okpotu, Dayo Ojo and a penalty goal from substitute Rabiu Ali cancelled out an early opener from Equatorial Ginuea’s Nsi Eyama to see Nigeria finish as Group C winners on seven points. In the group’s other game, Libya edged Rwanda 1-0 to finish second on six points. It’s the second time in three appearances at the competition that the Nigeria’s home-based Super Eagles has made it to the knockout stages of the competition after 2014. “We wanted to finish first and we are happy we did,” Yusuf ...
CHAN: Sunday Faleye Is Still Rough Diamond – Salisu Yusuf
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CHAN: Sunday Faleye Is Still Rough Diamond – Salisu Yusuf

Youngster Sunday Faleye may have grabbed an all-important match winner for the CHAN Eagles against Libya, but coach Salisu Yusuf has said the exciting winger is still not the finished article. Faleye fired a second-half winner against Libya Friday night to shoot the home-based Eagles to the top of Group C. The former Shooting Stars forward has received a lot of rave reviews after his winner and his overall play in the opening game against Rwanda. Coach Yusuf said: “Faleye is a player for the future, he is a rough diamond, he still has a lot to learn in the game. “Last season was his first in the NPFL and so he needs to continue to work hard and remain focused.” It was gathered that some European scouts have also run their rule on the Ajegunle-born star at the CHAN and shared...
Nigeria Faces Tough Libyan Challenge As Battle For Qualification Intensifies
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Nigeria Faces Tough Libyan Challenge As Battle For Qualification Intensifies

The home-based Super Eagles of Nigeria face one of the their toughest group fixtures at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) as they battle Group C leaders, Libya at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier, Morocco on Friday. Libya defeated Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in their first group match on Monday and look determined to keep the top position after the game against Nigeria who were held to a barren draw by Rwanda in their first game. The Eagles, coached by Salisu Yusuf, are placed second on the group standings with one point from one game. They are only a point above fourth-placed Equatorial Guinea and would need the maximum three points against Libya to keep any hope qualifying for the knockout stage of the championship. Coach Yusuf is expected to ring some changes in the squad, espec...
Super Eagles Can Lift CHAN Trophy – Coach Salisu Yusuf
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Super Eagles Can Lift CHAN Trophy – Coach Salisu Yusuf

Super Eagles chief coach Salisu Yusuf has reiterated that the team has what it takes to lift the forthcoming Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco. Salisu who early this week released his 23-man squad for the tournament which is slated to start on January 13, will see the team trade tackle with Libya, Rwanda and Equitorial Guinea. At the last edition, the Super Eagles failed to make it beyond the group stage in Rwanda and Salisu said that the Home Based Eagles would surpass their previous outings and win the tournament in Morocco. “I am really pleased with the attitude of the players selected for the CHAN tournament in Morocco even though we still need to put finishing touches to the team before our first match against Rwanda on January 15,” Salisu said. “We are quite a...
CHAN 2018: Nasarawa United Goalie Ayeleso Gets Late Call-up‎ To Home Eagles
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CHAN 2018: Nasarawa United Goalie Ayeleso Gets Late Call-up‎ To Home Eagles

Home-based Super Eagles coach, Salisu Yusuf, has handed a late call-up to Nasarawa United goalkeeper, Suraj Ayeleso, ahead of the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco, Completesportsnigeria.com. Ayeleso who has been one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Nigeria Professional Football League in recent seasons, was a surprise omission from the initial 30-man list released by Yusuf. He kept the most clean sheets (16) in the NPFL last season. The goalie is now expected to vie for a spot in the team along with the three other goalkeepers; Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Dele Ajiboye and Theophilus Afelokhai who are already in the team’s camp in Abuja Yusuf has also handed late invitation to Plateau United forward, Tosin Omoyele, who impressed during the recently concluded NPFL Invitational...
Coach Yusuf Salisu To Retain Super Eagles WAFU Cup Team For CHAN
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Coach Yusuf Salisu To Retain Super Eagles WAFU Cup Team For CHAN

Home-based Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf will stick with the majority of the players that played at the recent WAFU Nations Cup for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN). The Super Eagles will make their third appearance at CHAN and will play in Group C with Rwanda, Libya and Equatorial Guinea. The team came second at the WAFU Cup competition in September, losing 4-1 to perennial rivals and hosts Ghana in the final. The 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League season is expected to kick off on January 14 which leaves Yusuf little or no chance of scouting for new players. “Coach Salisu Yusuf will surely stick with the players that played at the WAFU Cup. Aside from losing to Ghana in the final, most of the players did well at the competition and he does not see th...
We Are Not Afraid Of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Others – Salisu Yusuf
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We Are Not Afraid Of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Others – Salisu Yusuf

Super Eagles coach, Salisu Yusuf, has allayed fears about the upcoming friendly between Nigeria and Argentina, insisting that the Jorge Sampaoli-led side are not unbeatable if only the Super Eagles can put up a phenomenal showing on the day. The two-time World champions, would square off against the Super Eagles in Krasnodar, Russia, for a friendly billed on the 14th of next month, as a warm-up game before the World Cup year turns out. Argentina coach, Jorge Sampaoli is expected to field the likes of Lionel Messi of Barcelona, Sergio Aguero of Manchester City, Paulo Dybala of Juventus, Sergio Romero of Manchester United and Angel Di María of PSG. “The Super Eagles are equal to the task anytime, anywhere.” “We are not afraid of big names because big names no longer play football...
Super Eagles Can Beat Argentina – Salisu Yusuf
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Super Eagles Can Beat Argentina – Salisu Yusuf

Salisu Yusuf, Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles on Thursday said that Argentina are a beatable side. Yusuf spoke in Abuja ahead of the Nov. 14 friendly match against the former world champions in Russia. The coach said that the Super Eagles were capable of reversing the series of defeats suffered at the hands of the South Americans by beating them in Russia this time around. He said that Argentina’s track records would not be an advantage because the two teams would play the match based on their current form. “My players are equal to the task anytime anywhere and we are not afraid of big names because big names no longer play football, but talent and determination are key to winning matches,’’ the coach said. He assured Nigerians of an impressive outing against Argentina i...
Salisu Names CHAN Eagles Captain
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Salisu Names CHAN Eagles Captain

According to the Twitter handle: “Coach Salisu Yusuf names Ikechukkwu Ezenwa as Captain and Chima Akas as Vice captain of the CHAN team.” FC IfeanyiUbah of Nnewi goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, has been named the new skipper of the home-based Super Eagles. The new changes was posted on the official Twitter handle of the national team: @NGSuperEagles, on Wednesday. According to the Twitter handle: “Coach Salisu Yusuf names Ikechukkwu Ezenwa as Captain and Chima Akas as Vice captain of the CHAN team.” It can be recalled that Akas led the team to a bronze medal win at the last edition of the tournament in Rwanda. Meanwhile, the new skipper earned his first call up to the Super Eagles in 2015 under Sunday Oliseh and he is also a member of the team in the World cup and Nations Cup qual...
NFF Technical Committee Praises CHAN Eagles Selection
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NFF Technical Committee Praises CHAN Eagles Selection

The NFF technical committee has praised the list of 30 players picked by coach Salisu Yusuf for next month’s CHAN 2018 qualifiers against either Togo or Benin Republic. “We are very, very happy with the selection, very interesting. It shows he is working, he has picked the best,” technical committee member Paul Bassey told reporters after their meeting today in Abuja. “If we do for the Super Eagles what we did today, maybe Cameroon will be in trouble (for next month’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers).” Nigeria will face either Togo or Benin Republic in the second round of the qualifiers in August after the two sides faceoff in the West African Zone B first round qualifying stage. The home and away fixtures for the qualifying matches between Togo and Benin Republic will be played on J...
Home-Based Eagles To Begin Preparation For Cameroon Clash
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Home-Based Eagles To Begin Preparation For Cameroon Clash

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr will begin his preparation for Nigeria’s Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon with home-based players. Nigeria face Cameroon in the first game of the double-header in Uyo on August 28th and travel to Yaoundé for the reverse tie 3 days later. Super Eagles’ Media Officer Toyin Ibitoye confirmed that that Rohr would start preparations for the matches with the 44 players named last week by his assistant, Salisu Yusuf for the African Nations Championship (CHAN). Nigeria lead their world cup qualifying group on 6 points from 2 games, with Cameroon second on 2 points.
CHAN Qualifier: Eagles Coach Yusuf Selects 44 Players For Camping
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CHAN Qualifier: Eagles Coach Yusuf Selects 44 Players For Camping

Super Eagles chief coach Salisu Yusuf has selected 44 players for camping as Nigeria gear up for the qualifiers of the 2018 CHAN Qualifier tie which will hold between August 11th and 20th later in the year. Nigeria drew bye in the first round of qualifiers but they will be in action in the second and final round of qualifiers where they are expected to take on the winner of the tie between Togo and Benin Republic. Former Kano Pillars coach Salisu Yusuf who has been put in charge of the team by Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr to tinker the team which is solely for players playing in the Nigeria Professional Football League. Yusuf who is still mourning the demise of his mother Hajiya Binta Yusuf revealed preparation for the competition will start after the Eid el Fitri celebrations wi...
Paul le Guen Becomes Nigeria’s Technical Adviser
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Paul le Guen Becomes Nigeria’s Technical Adviser

Paul le Guen has been named as Nigeria's new technical adviser to work alongside caretaker manager Salisu Yusuf, who will become chief coach. Frenchman Le Guen, 52, has managed Lyon, Paris St-Germain and Rangers and led Cameroon to the 2010 World Cup. The appointments are subject to contract terms being agreed with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

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