Keshi: Nigerians Must Be Patient With The Team

Keshi: Nigerians Must Be Patient With The Team

With just one point in the kitty and facing a match the Super Eagles must win to stay in a good stead for the next round ticket, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has made a passionate plea for patience from the fans.

Keshi who spoke after the Wednesday morning training session said that the Eagles were very aware of the situation at hand and the expectations of Nigerians and were therefore working hard to attain those high marks set.

“We know the expectations are high but our opponents are not also sleeping, so Nigerians must be a little patient with the team,” he said.

The Wednesday training was preceded by a general team meeting between the coaches and the players. The meeting revolved around strategies that can help the team beat Zambia. The game against the Zambians who are defending champions is billed for Friday.

Brown Ideye who gave the assist for the goal against Burkina Faso on Monday urged Nigerians to keep supporting the team as they were focused on ensuring a good outing.

Nigeria Football Federation president Alhaji Aminu Maigari who joined them during the training session with his officials told the players that the nation still expects them to do well at the championship, despite drawing the first game against Burkina Faso.

He said, “We have confidence in the abilities of this team to do Nigeria proud here, so we must go ahead and not only win our next game but do so in style.”

Midfielder Mikel Obi has said that he sees Nigeria lifting the African cup of Nations. And with such confidence, the player did a preview of their next game against Zambia and assured Nigerians and fans of the team they would beat the East Africans.

Mikel who spoke after their Wednesday training session in Nelspruit said, “We may have drawn our first game but we need to settle down and forget it and concentrate and I can see us smiling home with the trophy at the end of the day.

We are disappointed with the draw (against Burkina Faso) no doubt especially the way it happened, but we have put that behind us now and will strive harder to beat Zambia. I am sure we won’t disappoint ourselves and Nigerians, who should continue to support us,”he said during Wednesday’s training session.

Mikel was named man-of-the-match against Burkina. Group C is still wide open after both Monday matches ended in 1-1 draws with Ethiopia and Zambia playing the first match.


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