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Nigeria: Eagles Will Offer No Excuses This Time, Says Keshi

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Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi has 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 ongoing Nations Cup in South Africa, as the team has potentials to be champions of the tournament

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.

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.

On news making the rounds that he is at loggerheads with the NFF and even threatened to resign his appointment, Keshi said there was nothing like that, otherwise he will still not be in camp with the team.

"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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