The head coach of the home-based Super Eagles, Salisu Yusuf while reacting to the defeat, has said there are positives to be taken from their 4-1 loss to Ghana, in the final of this year’s West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Cup.
Stephen Sarfo scored twice for the hosts, while Winnful Cobbina and Vincent Atingah also got on the score sheet for the Black Stars. Rabiu Ali’s late strike from a free-kick was a mere consolation for the Nigerians. “We lost to a good team and they (Ghana) deserved to win because they took their chances and it was a good lesson for us.
“For me the level of the competition was high. This is a good preparation for us ahead of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN). I’m not happy we lost but all the same I’m impressed by the performance of my players in this competition,” Yusuf said afterwards.
Is not easy to get to the final of any competition our home base super eagles did well and emerging as runner up is a victorious feat. However, if we are to critically analyze their performance parallel to that of their opponent and their overall performance at the competition some will say it is by sheer luck or fluke they got to the finally, as many sports lovers through all media, ranging from radio, Television, and social platforms has express their disappointment saying that the home base eagles lacks that football compatibility, tactics, technicality, and composure in lifting the spirit of fans in the field of play, even if they are losing.