Home based Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf has blamed Nigerian league clubs for his players’ inability to convert numerous scoring chances in their African Nations Championships (CHAN) Group C opener against Rwanda on Monday.
Yusuf spoke to the media in Tangier on Thursday ahead of the Eagles second group game against group favourites Libya on Friday.
Nigeria have struggled for goals recently, drawing their last friendly game before the competition started 0-0 against Cameroon before their 0-0 result against Rwanda.
Our Chief Football Writer Fisayo Dairo asked Yusuf if there is a calculated effort by the team to rectify their scoring issue or they will always rely on luck to get it right.
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“Here is not a clubside. The national team is not a club side,” replied Salisu
“We cannot be developing players and their weaknesses within a short period of time. That, I think is supposed to be the clubs’ role. We just try to bring them together and the longest time we stayed was three weeks in Abuja so you cannot change a player within that period,” he posited.
Yusuf himself has coached Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs including former African champions Enyimba in the past and he believes goalscoring is a fundamental problem associated with Nigerian football.
“If you observe the last Super Six we played in Kano, we were the highest goalscoring side.
“The clubs were not getting the goals still so I think this is one of the fundamental problems of our football in Nigeria that we’re not producing the strikers we used to produce.
“So I think the solution to the problem has to go back to the clubs, how you develop players based on the positions they play because in the national team, we don’t have that time.”
In the meantime, Salisu Yusuf’s wards must find a way to solve their scoring crisis starting from Friday’s clash with Libya should they hope to qualify from their Group C of the African Nations Championships in Morocco.