Daily Trust (Abuja)

29 January 2013

Nigeria: Keshi Urges Eagles to Silence 'Overnight Technical Advisers'

Embattled Chief Coach of the Super Eagles seems to have taken enough of criticisms from Nigerian football fans and has urged his players to silence those he described as 'overnight technical advisers'.

The former Super Eagles captain has been under tremendous pressure following his team's inability to win the two matches it has played so far at the ongoing 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

The Eagles twice took the lead against Burkina Faso in their opening match and Zambia in the second match but could not hold on to earn the maximum points and they will be up against Ethiopia in the final group match today in Rustenburg.

Speaking through the Media Officer of the Super Eagles, Mr. Ben Alaiya, Keshi charged his players to go all out for victory as he said the unacceptable habit of throwing away victories in the dying minutes can no longer be tolerated.

Addressing the players at the team's evening training in Rustenberg on 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", he said.

Meanwhile, Coach Keshi has assured the team's teeming fans that there will be no excuses today as his team takes on Ethiopia in the make or mar last group match at the ongoing 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

The former Togo and Mali coach who captained the Eagles to their second title in 1994 said neither the technical crew, NFF nor the Nigerian public will take excuses from the players, if they fail to qualify for the knock-out stage of the biennial championship.

Keshi also said the team has potentials to be champions of the tourney.

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.

The coach also refuted reports that there is no love lost between him and his employer, the Nigeria Football Federation as he insisted that there is nothing of such going on.

He said if he had any problem with the NFF, he wouldn't have been in the team's camp preparing for the final group match.

"Maybe some people just want to create sensation in the media because the team has not started winning games but the same people will sing our praises when we hit our rhythm", he said.

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