Stephen Keshi insists he is the right man to take Nigeria’s senior national team, the Super Eagles back to the top.
Recent results posted by the three-time African champions have seen many fans express reservations about the side with some questioning the wisdom of the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to hand Keshi a contract to continue as Super Eagles strainer.
NFF president, Amaju Pinnick was quoted as saying on Thursday that re-appointing Keshi was no mistake.
“We (NFF) made no mistake in re-appointing Keshi. In his first term, Keshi did a lot to encourage the boys in the domestic League, and the boy who scored our winning goal at the Africa Cup of Nations, Sunday Mba, was playing in the domestic scene.
“We don’t live in the clouds. If we wanted a foreign coach, we would probably go for someone in the class of Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger. We don’t have that money presently and we don’t want to be owing our coach,” Pinnick said.
Keshi has now reiterated Pinnick’s remarks insisting he is the right man to take the reins at Nigeria’s senior national team.
“I know I am the right man for this job because I totally understand the challenge at hand.
“I am motivated and I really don’t need to prove to anyone that I can do this job,” Keshi told supersport.com.
He added that he could easily empathize with the fans of the Super Eagles following recent setbacks that culminated in failure to reach the finals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Equatorial Guinea.
“I am not just the coach of the Super Eagles. I am also a fan and when the team does not do well, it hurts me even more than the fans.
“This is a new beginning. I want to thank my bosses for the huge support they have given me. I am very optimistic about our chances of taking Nigerian football back to where we beong,” he said.
On June 13, the Super Eagles will begin their quest to reach the 2017 AFCON with a home fixture against Chad’s Les Sao.
Nigeria must also outsmart Tanzania’s Taifa Stars and Egypt’s Pharaohs in Group G of 2017 Afcon qualifying and Keshi says things may not be as straightforward as they appear on paper.
“There are no small teams in African football anymore so we have to show respect to Tanzania and Chad. Egypt is a team everyone knows all around the world so this is a tough group.