Nigeria’s home based Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf hopes his side will beat Equatorial Guinea in their final group game on Tuesday so as to return to their Tangier base.
Nigeria defeated Libya 1-0 on Friday and will proceed to the Southern city of Agadir to face Equatorial Guinea knowing that an outright victory will most certainly earn them top spot in Group C and a return to Tangier.
Yusuf’s wards drew 0-0 with Rwanda in their opening game but pulled off a deserved 1-0 victory over group favourites Libya in the second game. Yusuf believes his team’s acclimatization aided the victory and will be glad to return to Tangier.
“The boys have adapted well to the weather and they seem to be used to it more now. I think that helped us on Friday (against Libya),” Yusuf told www.aclsports.com
“It was great for our team because the fans showed us that they love us. We like it here in Tangier, we like it very much. We are going to try very hard in our next game so that we can come back here,” he added.
The Super Eagles left the Northern City of Tangier on Sunday morning to embark on a four-hour road trip to Casablanca where they are expected to connect a flight to Agadir later in the day and access 48-hour window in the city ahead of Tuesday’s game.
The team held their final training session in Tangier on Saturday afternoon with the attendance of a full complement of the twenty-three players registered for the tournament. The duo of Ifeanyi Ifeanyi and Sunday Faleye who were taken off injured on Friday also trained normally with the rest of the team.
Nigeria’s game on Tuesday kicks off at 7pm local time (8pm Nigerian time) and a win will guarantee the Eagles’ leadership spot in the group provided Rwanda expectedly fails to match their result.