Super Eagles caretaker manager Stephen Keshi has warned those who plan to protest or boo the team when they take on Sudan this evening at the Abuja National stadium in the reverse fixture of the 2015 AFCON qualfying game not to come near the arena.
The Eagles lost 1-0 in Khartoum last Saturday and Keshi admitted the result wasn’t what he expected but said the criticism he and his team have come under since the unfortunate result in Khartoum has been pure propaganda to kill the team, and not just about the loss to Sudan.
“I was disappointed that we didn’t play well and we didn’t win our game,”Keshi told football website,sl10ng.
“The criticism is not about the game, it’s just propaganda.
“It’s something that people just want to do to kill this team that we’re trying to put together because of one thing or the other or self-interest.”
The under-fire 52-year-old former Super Eagles captain also warned that whoever doesn’t want to support his team should just ‘keep quiet’ and ‘stay home’.
“This is your nation, it’s our nation. You don’t have to sell it, it’s not for sale. Support it, if you don’t want to support it, just keep quiet, keep your mouth shut and stay home,” added Keshi.
“But if you know you want to contribute to your country’s success, come and be with these guys, give them support and cheer them up, it’s not easy to be out there.”
The former Mali coach also reiterated his claim of sabotage, insisting that some persons are just out to sabotage his team.
“It’s a shame that I’ll be saying this, but I’ll say it because it’s my country. If we’re going around to sabotage the team not to succeed, then we’re killing ourselves because if we don’t go to Morocco, you won’t be there, Nigerians are only going to watch on TV that’s all. Our flag won’t be there,” he posited.
After claiming and alleging sabotage against him after Nigeria lost 1-0 to Sudan in yet another limp and lethargic display in a CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier last Saturday, Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has told sl10.ng that the criticisms he has come under aren’t genuine, but mere propaganda.
Keshi admitted to being disappointed in not beating the Sudanese Falcons.