Super Eagles assistant coach, Salisu Yusuf has disclosed that the highly-emotional words of President Muhammadu Buhari to the team on Wednesday have recharged the players to go all out for glory for the nation at this year’s World Cup.
Salisu said he was happy to hear the players discussing among themselves on their way out of Aso Villa, after receiving the president’s charge for success in Russia, and says they were all stressing the need for them to make Nigerians proud of them at the Mundial.
Salisu said Nigerian soccer fans should expect a better performance against England when the side face England’s Three Lions in another World Cup build-up game on Saturday.
The Eagles played a 1-1 draw with DR Congo on Monday in Port Harcourt and will square up against England on 2 June at Wembley Stadium before their last build-up game against Czech in Austria on 6 June.
Salisu retorted: “We had a good game and like I told you before the match, it was not do-or-die affair, we just have to take it easy and see how fit the players are before we travel for the World Cup.
“It was a good opportunity for the head coach to see some of the players that had not played with us before and with what he saw in the team, he was satisfied.
“I also want you to know that the players had to play with caution so that they wouldn’t sustain injuries.
“We have few days to the World Cup and every coach will not pray for injury in his team, so that is why I will say we are satisfied with the performance of the team as well.
“We have a match against England on June 2 and I am sure that Nigerians will see how the team would have improved before the game.”