Keshi promises to beat Zambia

| January 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has given his word to the Nigeria Football Federation that Nigeria will beat the Chipolopolo of Zambia in their second Group C game on Friday.

Both sides, just as the other two teams in the group Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, will be fighting for a win after recording draws in their first games.

The NFF summoned the team’s technical crew on Tuesday, demanding explanations for the late minute loss of concentration that gifted the Burkinabes the equaliser on Monday. It also sought assurances from Keshi on winning the next game.

NFF board member, Emeka Iyama, said, “They have given assurances that they win the next match. We can’t risk playing another draw or losing the next game.”

NFF president, Aminu Maigari, said, “The meeting served as a check and balance on the team to know where they might need help and what can be done to better prepare them for the Zambia clash.

“We have to make everyone understand that three things could happen in football – we could win, draw or lose. We fell into the second category but there’s hope of making it better in the next match.

“We’re satisfied with the responses from the technical crew based on the concerns we raised. They are experts and we’ve given them our mandate; we believe they’ll deliver.”

Another member of the NFF, Effiong Johnson, added, “We tried to find out if there were cases of injuries and to let them know the board is behind them.

“The result (against Burkina Faso) shocked everybody on the NFF board. We don’t understand why that (slip-up) should come up when it did. But in football anything can happen. They have to look forward and raise the tempo in their next game.

“Keshi has promised to do better, that all hands will be on deck. We’re behind them because we believe they will win the next games.

“At Algiers in 1990, the Super Eagles were beaten 5-1 in their opening game, but they eventually reached the final before losing 1-0 to the hosts. That can happen in football. We only hope they can do better than what they did against Burkina Faso and beat Zambia on Friday, but Nigerians should pray for them.”


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