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Keshi Blames Eagles Players For AFCON Failure

Keshi Blames Eagles Players For AFCON Failure

By Johnny Edward, Uyo:

Head coach of the Super Eagles Stephen Keshi has attributed his side’s 2-2 draw at home to Bafana Bafana of South Africa to the poor mental approach of his players.

The draw ended Nigeria’s hopes of going through to next year’s AFCON competition billed to hold in Equatorial Guinea.

When pressed on his future as to if he would resign or not, the former Togo and Mali coach refused to comment about it.

But Keshi insists his team failed Nigerians after the massive support they got from all and sundry.

“We started very well and had some chances to bury the South Africans but we lost the tempo of the game and they scored from their first real attack,” he told Complete Sports in Uyo yesterday.

“We were a little bit wasteful with the chances we had and that is why I will always say we are rebuilding, refocusing and pumping confidence into the boys because in crucial games like this they sometimes lack.

“We made two terrible mistakes at both ends of the pitch and we have paid for them, which is so sad. They just allowed all the hard work in Congo to waste. It was a terrible night for me.”

He added: “We played a good match and the players showed a lot of heart but it was not enough. With a bit of luck, we could have won but we all have to accept it.”

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 7
  • YOU ARE A BIG NATIONAL DISGRACE KESHI………..SHUT UP YOUR DIRTY STINKY MOUTH…..ALWAYS FIGHTING WITH ALL OUR STARS………WHERE IS SUNDAY MBA WHO HELPED YOU LIFT THE AFCON TROPHY………….WHERE ARE THE NIGERIAN BEST LEGS…….OSAZE, MOSES, HARUNA, OBASI, JOHN OGU, ANICHEBE, MARTINS, IHEANACHO AND MANY MORE……THANK GOD FOR UCHE, ENYEAMA AND ALUKO………YOU KEEP DECEIVING YOURSELF………THINKING YOU ARE DECEIVING NIGERIA…………PLEASE TAKE A WALK…..YOU LACK ATTITUDE AND SOLID MENTAL CAPACITY TO HANDLE THE SUPER EAGLES…….PLS TAKE A WALK.

  • Beejay 4 years ago

    Government interference killed our AFCON dream. Recall that the new NFF led by Amanju Pinnick had done the right thing by relieving the inept Stephen Keshi and his coaching team of their jobs following the dismal run of the Eagles during the qualification. But to my uttermost surprise, President Goodluck Johnathan, who should ordinarily be focused on governance surprisingly, overturned the decision of the NFF and imposed Keshi on us. Without blinking an eye with shame, Keshi accepted and continued with his philosophy of alienating quality players – Mba, Ideye, John Ogu, Ihenacho, Martins, Abduljelil Ajagun, Victor Moses to mention but few. Instead he remained adamant that these players were too young, too old or playing in 3rd-Tier leagues. Yet he continues to bewilder the imaginations of millions of Nigerians by extending invitations to benchwarmers, protégé of business associates and players playing in obscure leagues. There are several examples of these: Recall how we went to the World Cup with Gabriel Reuben, Uchebo, Nwofor, Egwueke etc. at the expense of established stars that could have made the difference. We ended up playing in the world cup with just 2 midfielders – Onazi and Mikel and when the former got injured against France, we lost out of the world cup.
    After being reinstated by the President, he continued to do his business as usual with pride and impunity – extending invitations to unheralded players and bench warmers while he continued to alienate our AFCON heroes – Moses, Mba and Ideye. Fellow Nigerians, let us say no to the Tyranny of any government and refuse to allow Keshi or the NFF determine our joy. Who says Nigeria lacks talent. We have Moses Simmon, Ighalo, Sammy Ameobi, and other exciting internationals abroad. We need a change. Let’s stand up against imposition and mediocrity. God bless Nigeria

  • Farinola Felix 4 years ago

    This is what i continue to say about Keshi, honestly speaking i never recognize Keshi as a Keshi forget about the AFCON we won last year is it not a matter of luck and players making their own effort to lunch themselves? tell me any technical input from Keshi then, he went to confederation cup what was the outcomes? No wonder Togo never allow him to go to World cup after knowing that he lack technical skill. Mali disengage him after seeing that he contribute nothing to their football only to come to Nigeria and start boasting up and down. Let me tell you if you dont know, KEshi is very arrogant on nothing, very sentimental and never accept blame. some guys has nothing on the field that day but they were there for nothing. Tell me the formation Keshi is using, No direction. well goo luck to his father Jonathan. Let them continue i know that one we shall be liberated from mediocres, impostor

  • I am solidly behind you Bejaay, You have Spoken my mind. I stand up against this mediocrity KESHI must go No more Government interferrance. We the likes of Musa Yahaya , Dele Alli, Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Moses, Oba Goal, Ideye Brown, Sammy Ameobi and other established stars like Onazi and co who are already in the team. No more wastage like babatunde, and co. Keshi must go.. And if a NPL player must come in the team he must really be outstanding.. Keshi Must Go……….. This is Enough

  • This is the good time for we Nigeria to seek for a capable coach. Super eagle iis too big for keshi to handle. It is a shame that defending champion did not qualify for africon 2015. Let us not to try keshi again because him & guys may bring another insult to Nigeria.

  • Stanlinks 4 years ago

    Let me make it super abundantly clear to you Mr. Keshi, IT IS NOT A BLUNT BLADE THAT IS THE ISSUE, IT IS THE BARBER’S INCOMPETENCE!!! Please subdue your pride and take some coaching classes for your future sake. Think of your loved ones and your family that is depending on you for survival.

    This your Nigeria fertile farmland (that produces fruits in quantum), whether or not you till the ground has finally ended. This is the time to be creative and accept the coaching classes that was proposed by the NFF leadership, if they will still offer it. Forget about the love you have for Nigeria (which we don’t need anymore) and focus on your families future. PLEASE! PLEASE!! PLEASE SIR!!!

  • ”Poor mental approach” ….hmmmmm, whose responsibility is it to ensure that the players are mentally stable before the crucial game? And you complained that luck deserted the team. Keshi, it is better for you to just shut your trap. Everytime you open your mouth, I feel disgusted… You need to take a walk man…..