Yusuf ‘respects every NPFL teams’ as Rangers end Abakaliki camping
By Sab Osuji
Enugu Rangers manager, Salisu Yusuf, he has absolute ‘respect for every team in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL’ but that such respect does not overshadow his ambition of plucking the 2020/2021 domestic top-flight diadem, Orient Sports reports.
The former Super Eagles manager is looking to see off his two year contract with Flying Antelopes on high.
The 2020/2021 campaign marks the second part of Yusuf’s initial two year contract with the seven time Nigeria Champions.
The one time Kano Pillars boss gives lucid reasons why all other 19 NPFL teams should be dignified with respect even as his charges, Rangers, returned to base on Sunday after a week-long closed camping in nearby Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
“For me, my philosophy in looking at other teams, I always respect all the teams in the NPFL because that is why they are in the premier league”, starts the former CHAN eagles boss.
“Any team in the premiership deserves some respect. Then you could be able to work hard and beat them.
“(But) When you don’t show them respect, you will be in for some surprises.
“So, all the teams in the top league, I respect them and I believe they have what it takes to be in the premiership.
“Every team we play against, we take (the game) as a cup final. We also know that there are many big teams in the league who always contest for the title just as we too want to contest for the title.
“I believe that the game of football is a game of mindset. So, we believe that we can challenge seriously for the title.
“Anything can happen but we hope in the two seasons to come, we hope to do well in the first season, get the continental ticket and do better in the second year in the continent.
“That is our objective, and of course, our focus”.
Yusuf would go on to admit that in the game of football, there are high and low points but assured the supporters of the club that he hopes to have much more high points to lead the club to the league and cup double at the end of the season.