Super Eagles assistant coach Salisu Yusuf is confident his team can go all the way at the African Nations Championship in Rwanda next year after overcoming Burkina Faso to qualify. He spoke with Completesportsnigeria.com's ADEBOYE AMOSU, who was in Ouagadougou…
Congratulations on your team's qualification for the African Nations Championships, how would rate the performance of your players against Burkina Faso?
I believe they did well. It was a tough game I must confess, as Burkina Faso were so determined to stop us from qualifying.
The players did well to weather the storm and we are happy with their performance.
Your players struggled for most of the game especially in the first half, would you attribute that to the difficult weather conditions in Ouagadougou?
I don't like making excuses, but I believe we have to give kudos to our boys for what they have achieved on the pitch.
They were determined to make sure we made it to Rwanda and they gave their all in the game.
Burkina Faso is not a small nation in world football as we have seen in recent years. They did well, but we proved to them over the two legs that we are better than them.
Was there any moment in the game when you thought the Burkinabes would stop your team from making it to Rwanda?
Not all. We knew they would come out desperate to score an early goal and we already told the players not allow that.
We believe in the players and they did well by not letting us down.
Your Burkinabe counterpart, Idrissa Traore, attributed his side's loss to their failure to convert the penalty kick that was awarded to them in the first half, what's your thought on this?
He has a right to analyse the game the way he sees it. But the fact is that we also created a number of goalscoring opportunities we didn't convert.
We could as well talk about those clear-cut chances we missed in the first leg.
May be if we had scored more goals at home he would not have said that.
Do you think your team is good enough to win the African Nations Championship in Rwanda next year?
Why not, that is our number one objective now that we have qualified for the competition.
No doubt we still have to improve in one or two areas, but I believe the team will get better.
What is important is for us to prepare well for the competition.
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