Vanguard (Lagos)

23 December 2012

Nigeria/Zambia: Keshi's Eagles Dangerous, Says Zambia Coach

Zambia coach, Herve Renard has described coach Stephen Keshi's Eagles to the 2013 Nations Cup as a hungry bunch who will be out to make up for Nigeria's absence in 2012.

The French born coach who was speaking in a FIFA.com interview submitted that Group C looks complicated and his focus will be to emerge from that group as all the teams are equally dangerous.

Coach Steven Keshil training the Super Eagles in Abuja.

"Our focus is on the first round, because what awaits us looks complicated.

" Nigeria, with Stephen Keshi, have just completed a very successful 2012. The Nigerians were absent last year, and they will want to mark their return.

"I am wary of Ethiopia, who eliminated Benin and Sudan, and is a tough team to move. But our two main rivals are Burkina Faso, who in Alain Traore and Jonathan Pitroipa have very good individual players," said the coach.

He argued that Zambia's win of the 2012 Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea was not a fluke.

"Zambia for nearly 20 years have been consistently competitive in Africa. They have been regularly present in the finals, often reaching the second round. But our victory probably surprised a lot of people because few expected we would go all the way. I knew we could do something."

Zambia will open their SA 2013 account with Ethiopia, while Nigeria will tackle Burkina Faso on January 21.

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