Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Keshi Challenges Eagles

Having satisfied himself that he has done reasonable coaching to guide the players win matches, Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi has told his players that neither the technical crew, NFF nor the Nigerian public would take excuses from them if they fail to qualify for the knock-out stage of the ongoing Nations Cup in South Africa.

He told the players that they had the potentials to be champions of the tourney and that the ball was in their court to prove critics wrong.

Nigeria's players warm up during a training session in Nelspruit on January 24, 2013, on the eve of a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations goup C football match against reigning champions Zambia. AFP PHOTO

Addressing the players at the team's evening training in Rustenberg Sunday evening, Keshi said the team may have been hard done by some calls by officiating officials but they should learn to finish games well and with wide margins before such calls are made.

"We should win our matches before bad calls are made so that those who know next to nothing about football will not become our overnight technical advisers. You all know how hard we have worked. It is left for you to get the job done", he said.

He again restated his confidence in the abilities of his 23-man squad to do Nigeria proud at the tourney, adding that the Super Eagles have a rich tradition in the Nations Cup that must be sustained and improved upon by the present squad.

Addressing the players at the team's evening training in Rustenberg Sunday evening, Keshi said the team may have been hard done by some calls by officiating officials but they should learn to finish games well and with wide margins before such calls are made.

"We should win our matches before bad calls are made so that those who know next to nothing about football will not become our overnight technical advisers. You all know how hard we have worked. It is left for you to get the job done", he said.

He again restated his confidence in the abilities of his 23-man squad to do Nigeria proud at the tourney, adding that the Super Eagles have a rich tradition in the Nations Cup that must be sustained and improved upon by the present squad.

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