Congo DR Clash Is Not A Do Or Die Affair – Salisu Yusuf

Super Eagles assistant coach Salisu Yusuf has disclosed that the upcoming international friendly match against DR Congo is not a do or die affair and that it’s just a continuation of preparations for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Salisu Yusuf, who led the Super Eagles Team B to a 3-2 loss to Spanish giants Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, was speaking about the team and preparations for Russia 2018 in a chat with CSN.

In his words, he said: “It is a friendly match and it is not a do or die affair.”

“The players know that there is nothing at stake in the match and for us the Coaches, it is just a continuation of our preparations for the World Cup.

“Nobody should be under any pressure, we are playing DR Congo for us to bring the players together and to know the fitness level of the players after the European season.

“This is also an opportunity for the fans, I mean Nigerians to see the team before we move to Russia.” he concluded.

On the situation of things in camp, the former Enyimba and Kano Pillars head coach said: “Almost all the players are in camp except Moses who has also taken permission, and what this means to us is that we are on course for the World Cup.

“The turnout was quite impressive and they are all looking fit and ready for the World Cup,”

“We are hoping to have a good outing in Russia and from the way we have started and the programme we have for the players, I strongly believe that we are going to do well.” he concluded.