28 January 2013

Nigerian Coaches Rally Support for Keshi

Lagos — Despite finding himself in a precarious situation in the ongoing 2013 AFCON, some coaches in the Nigerian National League, NNL still believe in Coach Stephen Keshi and his team and have urged him never to give up hope.

Speaking Daily Trust in separate interviews after their Week 6 match in the National League at Agege Stadium, Lagos on Saturday, Coach Samuel Olofu of Bolowotan Football Club of Lagos and his counterpart from Remo Football Club of Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Fatai Osho, pleaded with soccer loving Nigerians to have patience with Keshi and his team no matter their outing at the ongoing Nations Cup in South Africa.

"I want to plead with Nigerians to be patient with Keshi," said Coach Osho whose Remo FC forced the home team, Bolowotan to a 1-1 draw in the league match.

"I think if Clemens Westerhof could do a wonderful job for Nigeria in five years and gave us a new-look Eagles during his reign as the manager of our national team, we shouldn't expect Keshi to do it within a year. His rebuilding process won't be easy, because this is the best for the future of the Eagles.

"I want to assure Nigeria that we'll qualify from the group as the Eagles will beat Ethiopia on Tuesday," Osho said.

To coach Olofu of Bolowotan FC, Keshi is playing the Nations Cup with some rookies who are playing in the Nations Cup for the first time, hence the not too impressive results in the team's first two matches of the championship.

"The Nations Cup is a big stage for some of the players. They have been so excited and overwhelmed with what they saw. I think the team is getting better in each match they played," he said.

"Nigerians should be rest assured that we'll qualify from the group. I'm glad that Keshi has been at the Nations Cup as a coach in Togo and Mali and as a player. So he knows the expectations of Nigerians", he stated.

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