22 June 2014

Nigeria-Bosnia and Herzegovina - Quotes

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Nigeria's players celebrate their victory, 16 years after last winning a World Cup encounter.

Stephen Keshi, Nigeria coach

Everybody is happy in west Africa; Ghana got their result and we won. It's good for the continent. The fighting spirit we showed was good. I never thought that we wouldn't make the Round of 16. I have the players. But look at Iran today, if it was not for Lionel Messi. We need to work hard for the game against Argentina.

Safet Susic, Bosnia and Herzegovina coach

The match unfolded exactly the way I imagined. It was an open game, two teams wishing to win, lots of chances at either end. We had a lot of chances and didn't convert any. They had one and scored that goal. I can only congratulate them. We knew they would be tough but they surprised us with their speed, their movement. They played attacking football, they really wanted to win. Now they are in second place in the group with great chances to progress.

Peter Odemwingie, Nigeria forward and Budweiser Man of the Match

The goal means a lot to me. But the win was down to 90 minutes of concentration and effort from my team-mates. The most important thing today was the character. We even enjoyed defending together. I don't know anyone who doesn't love this country. Playing for my fatherland is an honour and a pleasure. What better way to come back than playing in a World Cup. Being back with my fiends made me happy. I didn't expect to come back and score a winner in such an important game, but I'm very happy. But this was a point the team earned. Right now I'm so high on our team's performance.

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