Vanguard (Lagos)

31 January 2013

Nigeria/Cote d'Ivoire: Afcon - Don't Worry About Cote d'Ivoire - Keshi

STEPHEN Keshi had many reasons to be happy after beating Ethiopia and romping into the quarter finals of the on-going Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. He scaled through a Nations Cup first round.

As coach of Togo and Mali, Keshi crashed out in the preliminary stage. And the fear of succumbing to yet another first round jinx heightened with his poor two draws against Zambia and Burkina Faso.

"My brother, it is not a small thing o", he exclaimed thanking God for making it possible for him not to be labeled a perpetual first round victim of the Nations Cup.

Overwhelmed by joy, he has asked Nigerians not to worry about Cote d'Ivoire, the most dreaded squad of the Nations Cup who play them on Sunday in the quarter finals.

"Why worry about Ivory Coast?", he asked as he swarm in the pool of congratulations and hugging by well wishers. "There is no doubt that they(Cote d'Ivoire are loaded with players but we are not afraid of them.

When we get to the bridge, we shall cross it. Many people are looking down on my team. They are improving with every game and we shall raise the game to tackle the Ivorians", he said.

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