Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Attacking Options Excites Keshi

Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi is not just excited about the wonder goal of Nosa Igiebor and that of Shola Amoebi and Dike but is indeed happy of the attacking options in his arsenal. Nigeria beat Venezuela 3-1 in which the trio grabbed headlines.

Keshi said he was simply excited by the performance of his players especially the newcomers to the team. "But look at that goal by Nosa Igiebor, it was a television goal and I was excited when it came, it shows we can do great things if we psyche ourselves up very well.

At half time, I told them, put the ball on the ground and play quick and the goals will come and I was not surprised that once they did that the goals started to come. Like I will always say, it's still work in progress and we can only get better", he said.

About debutants, Shola Ameobi and Bright Dike, Keshi said: "Shola was awesome the moment he got into the pitch. He showed his experience in the game and even when he was provoked his calmness was amazing. He was talking to the other players on what to do at a time we were under pressure and he was resilient, we sure need his experience for big tournaments. Look at the way and manner he shielded the ball, evaded being brought down before passing to Mba, who also gave it to Onazi for our third goal, Shola is a special player".

"Dike's quick, aggressive and always coming back to defend and it was difficult for anyone to say this was the first time he was playing for Nigeria. I'm so happy that Bright did not disappoint and we will see when camp opens what he can do for the team."

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