Daily Trust (Abuja)

6 February 2013

Nigeria/Mali: Eagles Set for Mali Clash As Keshi Pledges Total Concentration

Durban — Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi has said his team is ready to take on the Eagles of Mali as the team arrived the South African city of Durban late evening on Monday ahead of today's semi-final clash.

The team had arrived Johannesburg early from Rustenburg for a flight to Durban that was scheduled for 1pm, but a mix-up in flight arrangement ensured that the team did not depart the Oliver Tambo International Airport until 4pm for the 55minutes flight from there to Durban.

Once in Durban at about 5:30, the team was moved in a convoy to its hotel at Southern Sun, in the heart of the city, by 7pm local time players and officials had checked into their rooms in a near flawless arrangement, apparently to make up for the delayed arrival in Durban.

The team was unable to train on Monday due to its late arrival in Durban and the downpour in the city the moment the team arrived, which one of the LOC members described as showers of blessing for Nigeria as it was the first rains in the year.

Head Coach Stephen Keshi has meanwhile demanded total concentration for the game against Mali, insisting that the euphoria that greeted Nigeria's defeat of cup favourites Cote D 'Ivoire is over and the team needs all the concentration it can muster to win today's tricky game against Mali, a team which Keshi coached to the Nations Cup two editions ago.

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