Keshi: Iran Will Be Tough

Keshi: Iran Will Be Tough

In a worldwide Google+ hangout session moderated by Tunde Koiki, Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi outlines his master-plan for his team’s opener against Iran. The session was monitored by Complete Sports’ JOHNNY EDWARD who was also live with the coach.

How prepared are the Eagles for tonight’s game against Iran?

We are ready for the game. What I do on the bench won’t change the outcome of the game if my players don’t carry out the plans we have for the game. But if they stick to my plans, we will by God’s grace win the match.

How much do you know of the Iranian national team?

I know the team very well; the coach and his philosophy. I expect a tough game from them because this is World Cup. His experience with his former teams like Manchester United and South Africa will come to play in the encounter, but we will be ready for them. I know they are defensively solid but we will break them down by God’s grace.

How fit are the players especially Omeruo who has become one of the key players in the Eagles’ defence?

Omeruo is fit and ready for the game. We have no serious injury concerns going into the game and I just urge Nigerians to pray for us and be patient with us.

The attacking midfield role has been a source of worry for the Eagles in their last three games. Which player amongst Ramon Azeez, Michael Uchebo, Osaze Odemwingie in the team fits that position in your view?

We are yet to decide on that at the moment because all these players are doing well and I have absolute confidence in all of them for any specific role they are asked to play. But whoever gets the nod will definitely deliver.

The replacement of Elderson Echiejile by Ejike Uzoenyi comes as a shock to many who believed a natural left back should have been called in to replace him. What were the reasons?

We needed a player who could defend well and also help in the transition of play from defence to attack. That was a major reason why he was recalled to the team.

What is the level of your confidence in Juwon Oshaniwa going into the World Cup?

I have absolute faith in Juwon for this game and his ability to handle pressure that comes with the World Cup. There are lots of players who are making their debut at the World Cup and they have done relatively well.

Has the bonus row which caused a stir in Miami been fully resolved?

You are asking the wrong person, ask the players and the officials.

Finally, what was the mood in camp like after the reported row between Emenike and Mikel Obi?

The mood was fantastic and let us leave it at that.

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 8
  • Iam looking forward to our first win tonight in Jesus name. I wish the super Eagles the best of lucks.

  • well,God is our strenght and with our boys Super Eagles will win the match.

  • Thaddaeus Asigheghe 4 years ago

    I strongly believed that the super Eagles will do well in Brazil. Nigerians and Africans should support them in every areas and to pray for them to succeed as I have been doing in my closest. Good luck will follow them in Jesus Name Amen!

  • Ikechimax 4 years ago

    I have so much confident in d boss,i knw he wil do us proud.at least 3, 1 in our favour wunt be 2much. Up eagles!!!

  • AKINADE SAMSON ADEBAYO 4 years ago

    The first match in every World cup is crucial as Nigeria and Iran battle for supremacy later today at the ongoing 2014 World cup in Brazil.

    Most of the football analysts and pundits claimed Nigeria should easily scale through the match with a comfortable win but if the Super eagles underrate Iran, the result may add up to the intriguing upsets we have experienced so far in this 2014 amazing world cup.

    Meanwhile Iran has promised to surprise the Nigerian counterpart tonight with their bags ready to keep all three points in the kitty. They went further to propose Iran and Argentina emerging as the eventual table toppers of group F.

    In a matter of days the real champions will emerge but the game tonight between the duo will play a key role since Argentina started on a positive note.

  • AKINADE SAMSON ADEBAYO 4 years ago

    The first match in every World cup is crucial as Nigeria and Iran battle for supremacy later today at the ongoing 2014 World cup in Brazil. Most of the football analysts and pundits claimed Nigeria should easily scale through the match with a comfortable win but if the Super eagles underrate Iran, the result may add up to the intriguing upsets we have experienced so far in this 2014 amazing world cup.

    Meanwhile Iran has promised to surprise the Nigerian counterpart tonight with their bags ready to keep all three points in the kitty. They went further to propose Iran and Argentina emerging as the eventual table toppers of group F. In a matter of days the real champions will emerge but the game tonight between the duo will play a key role since Argentina started on a positive note.
    Nigeria 3 Iran 0

  • let the game start now as we are fit. we are watching proceedings.

  • nigeria will miss uche the highest goal scorer in is clube and the hole of our players in world cup now