Daily Trust (Abuja)

22 December 2012

Nigeria: Keshi Reveals AFCON 2013 Headache

Super Eagles chief coach, Stephen Keshi on Wednesday declared that his only headache as far as preparations for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations is concerned is the poor state of the training pitch at the Abuja national stadium.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja, the coach said in as much as the Nigeria Football Federation is doing everything humanly possible for his team to have a hitch-free preparation for the nation's cup, his major headache is the lack of good training pitch.

He said the field the team is using for training is in a terrible shape and harmful to his players who kept complaining of leg pains after playing on it.

Keshi noted that the pitch is dry, hard and rough making it unsafe for his players to use for training.

The Eagles coach further noted that Nigerians are always demanding for victory from the Eagles but the country cannot even afford to provide a training pitch for the national team.

He said: "The football pitch. The pitch is terrible. There is nothing to write home about. It is hard and it is not good for us. Every time, Nigerians want the Super Eagles to win, win but we do not have a football pitch where we can practise.

"That is the biggest challenge because after each practice session, some of my players have leg pains and stuffs like that but nobody is doing anything about it", he lamented.

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