Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Eagles New Boys Excite Keshi

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Nigeria's Super Eagles celebrating a goal (file photo).

Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi has expressed satisfaction in the performance of the Super Eagles in the friendly encounter with the Venezuelan national team, which was won 3-1, by the Nigerians.

The Super Eagles spokesman, Ben Alaiya quoted Keshi as saying while speaking at the post match conference, that he was 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, its still work in progress and we can only get better"', Keshi was quoted as saying.

Keshi also had special words for Eagles debutants, Shola Ameobi and Bright Dike, "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."

Dike has a future

On Dike, he said the power playing forward has a future with the national team.

'"He'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."'

Defence worries

Keshi also applauded the entire team but noted that his defence line was a bit shaky, because gangling defender, Azubuike Egwueke was suffering from back pains.

'"We just asked him to hand on and he did very well, otherwise every other person in the defence line was very good."'

Nigeria, Keshi noted was gradually returning to the days of honour in football and he's happy to be part of the rebuilding process.

'"Let us all join hands to return the game to the height that it was when we were playing, no matter the grouse we may have"', he was quoted as saying.

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