January, 11 2022.
The head coach of the Super Eagles spoke after the victory against Pharaohs of Egypt.
“The reception has been great since we arrived in Garoua. It has been an interesting AFCON from the first game.
“We know the strength of our players, we know Ejuke is good from the left side, and it was impossible to substitute Simon. It was a tactical change and Ejuke had chances to finish the game. For Umar, maybe first time in such a big stage, he gave me some excuses after the game and we will talk to him later.
“Salah is one of the best players in the world, the strategy wasn't a specific marker, but we instructed the players to close him down at any time and there must be a second player behind the marker.
“The same set of players, every coach has their style, philosophy and leadership. I told the players to see me as their brother and father. My assistants, I call them my colleagues. We have a path towards the same direction, we have the privilege to serve the country and we must always give our best”.