Daily Trust (Abuja)

15 June 2014

Nigeria: Keshi - It's One Game At a Time

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Iranian defender, Reza, left, attempts to stop Ogenyi Onazi last night in Curitiba.

Head Coach, Nigeria's national football team, Stephen Keshi, says his boys will take it one match at a time as they launch their 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign against Iran in Curitiba on Monday.

Speaking in an interview published in the Team Nigeria brochure for the tournament, Keshi said the team would focus on the other matches as they come, one after the other.

"Today as I speak, I know we are going to play Iran on June 16. There are two other matches in the group phase, against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Argentina, but our focus for now is what we must achieve against Iran in Curitiba."

The 52 -year old, who captained the Nigeria senior squad for a record 11 years and played through the pain barrier to lead the team to qualify for its first FIFA World Cup finals, in Algiers in 1993, also stated that his team has serious ambition to do Nigeria and Africa proud here in Brazil.

"There would have been no reason to take part in the qualifying series if we didn't believe we would make it to the finals, and there would have been no reason to prepare so hard for the finals if we knew we were only coming to Brazil to make up the number," he stressed.

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