Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Keshi Battles Afcon Jinx

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi is ready to battle history Friday when his wards confront Zambia in the second round match of the Nations Cup.

Both teams need a win to be better placed for the second round after drawing 1-1 respectively in their first games.

Keshi's ill-luck of not crossing the hurdle of the first round matches in the Nations Cup at his two previous countries - Togo and Mali came to the fore yesterday at the Press conference.

A journalist had asked if he was hunted by the record of not taking his previous countries to the second round of the Nations Cup. The hall became a grave yard as many expected a harsh response.

He replied 'no', and the CAF man moved the microphone for other questions. He said that his team were in a good frame of mind to excel Friday and refused to compare his 1994 squad that beat Zambia with the present Eagles.

"That was 19 years ago. It's a different ball game now. Then we asked how many goals we score against our opponents. Now, things have changed. Football has grown that there is no big team and small team.

In the past it was easy to pick the teams that would progress to the next level. I have respect for all the teams in the Nations Cup", he emphasized.

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