Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria/Mali: Afcon - 90 Percent of Mali Players Are My Players - Keshi

When the Super Eagles tackle Mali on Wednesday in the semi final of the African Cup of Nations, Stephen Keshi would be going back to a familiar terrain.

Keshi took Mali to the 2010 Nations Cup in Angola and made football headlines from coming back 4-0 with 11 minutes left to level 4-4 with host Angola. That record is still considered to be one of the best come-backs in recent memory and stands as Mali's all time record.

Overwhelmed by the victory over loquacious Ivory Coast that boasted to make a meal(fried chicken) of the Eagles, Keshi said that 90% of the Malian team were his boys when he was in charge of the country's national team.

"I know the team. They are a good side and they have been together for long. 90% of the team were my team", he told a horde of Malian journalists who besieged him for comments on the match with his former team.

"It's going to be a tough game. We'll see when we meet", the new bride at the African Cup of Nations said.

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