The Executive Committee of the Football Federation of Nigeria has approved the reinstatement of coach Salisu Yusuf as a**istant Coach for Super Eagles and Head Coach for Super Eagles B from November 1, 2021.
The NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said Thursday that the reinstatement of a former employee of Kano Pillars, Enyimba FC, and Rangers International FC by the NFF Board has been recommended by the NFF Technical Department.
Highly respected for his ability to read matches, calm demeanor, and skill in discovering and developing talents, Yusuf was featured in the films Kaduna’s Ranch Bees and El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri during his playing days.
Yusuf’s return as a three-time African champion coincides with the completion of the second qualifying round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and the start of preparations for the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations Final to be held in Cameroon early next year.
Captain Asisat Oshoala has promised the Super Falcons will perform better when they face off against their Ghanaian counterparts at Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday in the second leg of the 12th AFCON Women’s Qualifier.
Sweden’s two-man Uchenna Kanu propelled Nigeria 2-0 ahead in the first match played at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena on Wednesday, but the Super Falcons know this is not the end against one of Nigeria’s fiercest rivals in African football. Wednesday’s game took place on the 70th anniversary of the football rivalry between the two West African giants.
“We know that black queens are strong and decisive when playing at home. Now we have to improve our game and play as if we didn’t win this first match. We must try our best to attack better than we did here. Qualifications for AWCON are non-negotiable, ”Oshoala said when the team met with the President of the Football Federation of Nigeria, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, and the general secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, after Wednesday’s meeting.
A record 44 qualifiers mean the nine-time champions have yet another round of prosecutions after the match against Ghana before they can reach the final in Morocco, which will also determine Africa’s 32 teams. The 2023 Women’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand.
The next round may well be against Lady Slons of Ivory Coast, who defeated their Republic of Niger rivals 9-0 in their first match on Wednesday. The final round of qualifiers will take place in February next year.
The African Football Confederation has appointed Ivorian officials to lead Sunday’s Accra clash between Nigeria and Ghana. Zomadre Sonia Kore will be the referee, her compatriots Denise Akua (a**istant referee 1) and Ndeko Edwige Appia (a**istant referee 2) will also act. Beatrice GusH*edu from the Republic of Benin will be the fourth referee and Latre-Kayi Lawson-Hogban from Togo will be the match commissioner.