23 January 2013

Nigeria: NFF Orders Keshi to Win Zambia, Ethiopia Matches

Nelspruit — The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday ordered Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi to win the remaining 2013 Africa Cup of Nations group matches involving defending champions Zambia and Ethiopia.

The Federation gave the order at a meeting between the NFF top hierarchy led by Alhaji Aminu Maigari and Super Eagles technical crew led by Stephen Keshi at the Stay Easy Hotel in Nelspruit.

Daily Trust gathered from a source at the meeting that the NFF chiefs expressed their anger and disappointment over the Super Eagles failure to win Monday's opening tie against Burkina Faso.

Though Keshi refused to talk to reporters after the meeting that lasted less than an hour, NFF President Aminu Maigari said Keshi and his team have been told to go and improve on the next two matches to make Nigerians happy.

"It is a family meeting to check and balance some situations, and it was well done, observed and it was well delivered.

"In a match situation, especially in a situation like this, because this is our World Cup in the entire continent of Africa because it has great value and we value it much, and the expectation of the people of Nigeria here is a credible outing.

"The message to the coaches is to improve and do well and make Nigerians happy", Maigari said.

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