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.”