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CHAN 2018: We’re op­ti­mistic of qual­i­fy­ing – Yusuf

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

Su­per Ea­gles As­sis­tant Coach and Home-based Ea­gles han­dler, Sal­isu Yusuf, on Wed­nes­day said the team was op­ti­mistic of not only beat­ing Repub­lic of Benin on Sun­day but qual­i­fy­ing for CHAN.

The 2018 African Na­tions Cham­pi­onship (CHAN) will be hosted by Kenya from Jan. 11 to Feb. 2, 2018.

Yusuf made the as­ser­tion in an in­ter­view with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja while re­act­ing to the team’s pre­pared­ness for the Sun­day’s qual­i­fier in Cotonou.

He said that the team’s ex­pec­ta­tion was pos­i­tive and with such state of mind, vic­tory was guar­an­teed.

“The play­ers are work­ing hard to make sure the team qual­i­fies for CHAN and we are very op­ti­mistic of qual­i­fy­ing,’’ Yusuf told NAN.

The coach, who re­stated the team’s readi­ness to qual­ify for the cham­pi­onship, ap­pealed to Nige­ri­ans to sup­port them. (NAN)

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