Vanguard (Lagos)

7 January 2013

Nigeria/Zambia: Keshi Won't Be Fooled By Zambia

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Eagle’s coach, Keshi

Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi is wary of the threat posed by Zambia in group C of the oncoming Nations Cup in South Africa.

Defending champions suffered a third straight defeat in their warm-up for the tournament by losing 2-0 to Angola on Saturday and Keshi said the poor run of form of the Chipolopolo is quite deceptive.

"Keshi is not worried about our opponents because we are solely focused on our preparation which so far has been very encouraging.

"We can't really judge the Zambians on the basis of the friendly matches, Super Eagles' spokesman Ben Alaiya told futaa.com in response to the poor run of results by Harve Rehanrd's team ahead of the championship billed to get underway on January 19.

He added: "He recalled we beat them some weeks before the last Nations Cup and they went ahead to win the tournament so we can't get carried away by their poor result in the friendlies. It's quite deceptive and it will be our undoing to conclude that they are not a good side based on the results of their friendly matches."

Aside the 2-0 win in Kaduna about a year ago, the Super Eagles have emerged victors in their recent meetings with the Southern African team at the tournament the most memorable was the come-from-behind 2-1 win at the final match of Tunisia '94.

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