6 February 2013

Nigeria: No Injury Worries in Eagles, Says Keshi

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Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike, 9, celebrates one of the goals which have made him the tournament's top scorer.

Durban — Super Eagles handler Stephen Keshi yesterday dismissed fears over the health status of the players in camp, saying no member of the team has an injury that would threaten his readiness for the semi-final tie against Mali today.

The former Mali coach, who spoke to Daily Trust in Durban, said all the 23 players are in perfect condition and ready to battle for the final ticket against the Eagles of Mali.

Keshi, who was full of optimism that the Super Eagles will win today's battle, also expressed happiness that Fengor Ogude, who missed the quarter-final duel against the Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire, will be available for today's confrontation.

He however said the Nigerian side would approach the match with caution and determination, noting that the Malian side also has talented players that would prove a hard nut to crack against the now confident Super Eagles.

"We don't have injuries in the team now, everybody is in perfect condition and we are set for the battle of Durban tomorrow (today). We are looking forward to the match and I am happy that Fengor Ogude, who missed our last game against Cote d'Ivoire will be back against Mali.

"We will win tomorrow, but that does not means we are going to be complacent, we are going to approach the game with all the determination it requires because Mali is a good side as well", said Keshi.

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