This Day (Lagos)

30 August 2012

Nigeria: Keshi Backs Falconets to Win Japan 2012

Super Falconets' splendid run at the ongoing Japan 2012 U20 Women's World Cup, has not gone unnoticed in the camp of the senior national team, as Head Coach Stephen Keshi and his crew have kept a close tab on events in the Asian country with hopes of a final Nigerian triumph.

Keshi was to declare after the team's quarterfinal victory over Mexico on Thursday morning that he foresees the team going all the way and bringing the World Cup trophy to Nigeria at the end of the championship.

"We support them while they were here as our daughters and we hope and pray that they will win the trophy which they narrowly lost to Germany at the last championship. So that it will help boost our morale ahead of the Nations Cup qualifier in Monrovia and also the World Cup qualifiers that comes up later," Keshi was quoted as saying by Eagles spokesman, Ben Alaiya.

During Thursday's rigorous training, the Eagles technical crew had kept on monitoring events in Japan and when training ended at about 9am local time, Keshi and his first assistant, Dan 'The Bull' Amokachi, quickly enquired what the result was.

They were not too happy when they were told that it was still a goalless affair and the game had gone into extra time. "Its toughooo, but I know Nigeria will win", Keshi enthused.

And just as the team was driving into its Bolton White Apartment camp, Desire Oparanozie's powerful nod heralded the Eagles into their abode and smiles on the faces of players and officials of the national team. It was a victory foretold by Keshi.

Meanwhile, Eagles medical crew of Dr Ibrahim Gyaran and Wale Oladejo, has assured that there was no cause for alarm over the slight knocks that Kano Pillars duo of Gabriel Reuben and Papa Idris picked up during the final stages of the Federations Cup in Lagos.

Oladejo, who was reacting to the fact that the players have been training separately from the squad, said they will join their teammates to hustle for shirts from Saturday morning.

"Normal knocks that footballers get every now and then, they will be fully fit to train with the rest of the squad by Saturday," he said.

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