Nigeria confirms Salisu Yusuf as head coach for Super Eagles B

A detailed view of the Nigeria training shirt during the International Friendly between England and Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: A detailed view of the Nigeria training shirt during the International Friendly between England and Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2018 in London, England. /Getty Images

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Thursday confirmed Salisu Yusuf as the head coach of the Super Eagles B team ahead of the start of qualifying for the 2022 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

The tournament, reserved exclusively for players who play in African leagues, was initially scheduled to be played in July-August this year, was postponed to January 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NFF said Yusuf’s appointment was confirmed following a recommendation from the Technical and Development Sub-Committee.

Yusuf also coached Super Eagles B when the team emerged runner-up of the African Nations Championship in Morocco in 2018.

Nigeria currently has no coach for its main national team, after Augustine Eguavoen stepped down from his position as Nigeria’s national football team coach following the Super Eagles’ failure to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The country has struggled to record positive results lately, having also been bundled out of the Africa Cup of Nations in the Round of 16.

The NFF stated that a new head coach for the Super Eagles will be announced and officially unveiled once the processes for his engagement and contract signing are concluded.