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Keshi: Sudan Won’t Escape Defeat

Keshi: Sudan Won’t Escape Defeat

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi is confident that Nigeria will beat Sudan on Saturday to remain on track for the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Morocco. Speaking at the media chat in Abuja on Wednesday, the Big Boss says he knows little about the Sudanese but well determined to beat them at their backyard.

What should Nigerians be expecting from the game against Sudan on Saturday?

What else should they be expecting than a good result? We are not expecting an easy game but we are determined to do well in Khartoum. We know the importance of the 3points and we will go for it.

How much do you know about the Sudanese team?

Not much other than what I saw in their games against Congo and South Africa. We have the video clips of these matches and we are working on them. The clips will no doubt help us to know the strength and weaknesses of their individual players and what the team can do.

Any Injury worries in the team now?

Apart from Michael Babatunde who has a little knock, I don’t have any injury concern. The players are in good health and raring to go.

Are the Super Eagles under pressure to beat Sudan?

No, the team is not under pressure to beat Sudan in Khartoum. Instead, the boys are really anxious to go to Khartoum and get a result then return home to finish the job. The team is focused and ready to do the right thing to win and get the Afcon ambition back on track.
They know the implication of not winning the two games against Sudan and they cannot afford to toy with it.

How would want the team to travel to Sudan?

I think the NFF are in a better position to answer that but I would have preferred we go to Sudan with a direct flight and not the commercial flight that will take us to South Africa or Ethiopia before connecting a flight to Khartoum.

Why is Ikechukwu Uche missing in this team?

Some four days to the release of the list for the game against South Africa, IK Uche’s name was there and the secretary Dayo was told to contact the players to know if they had their South African visa available, Uche’s response was terrible. He asked the Secretary why he wanted to know if he had South African visa which to me was not respectful.

I don’t want to talk about Ike Uche again. I have really had enough of him and I don’t want to talk about him again.

The match will be played by 8pm Sudan time; do you think the timing will affect the Eagles?
I think they have done us favour by not playing the game in hot afternoon sun. In the night, the heat should have reduced considerably to allow our boys to play. The artificial pitch will be there to our disadvantage but at night, I am sure it should have cooled down.

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 16
  • Martins 4 years ago

    Wishes super eagles best of luck

    • Odaudu David 4 years ago

      Keshi should go there and start the wining ways to restore nigerians hope of feature afcon 2015.

      – Davido

  • luisehero 4 years ago

    how can a country risk their national team by transporting them on commercial flight
    why the thief and politician are enjoying a private jet with our hard earn Nigeria oil money really naija is just a useless and lost state how i wish i was not born being a Nigeria the nff and the ministry of sport in Nigeria is a complete root what a shame

  • omo9ja 4 years ago

    I wish Keshi and his team the best. Hmm, Morocco Afcon 2015, Allah help us from Alamisi tio ni Friday ooo. Because, mouth doesn’t play football. We see how it’s goes on Saturday. Good luck. God bless Nigeria!

  • omo9ja 4 years ago

    I wish Keshi and his team the best. Hmm, Morocco Afcon 2015, Allah help us from Alamisi tio ni Friday ooo. Because, mouth doesn’t play football. We will see how it’s goes on Saturday. Good luck. God bless Nigeria!

  • I thank God that I have never been celebrity struck, so I don’t care about our so called politician if they are not doing the peoples job, neither coaches or players. So I will tell it as it is, if its true that Ik Uche responded in that way and manner? He does not deserve to ever play for Nigeria again. No politician, coach, player or even the president is bigger than Nigeria. One thing we got to understand is we got so many people that can replace everyone in Nigeria, Goodluck, Keshi, soccer players, politician, NFF, etc can all be replaced, so let no person take the beloved Nigeria for granted. So Ik Uche, I sincerely hope this story is not true?

  • doluv 4 years ago

    mchwww yeye keshi

  • BEAT SUDAN AWAY AND HOME. THEN BEAT SOUTH AFRICA AT HOME. THEN BEAT CONGO AT AWAY. IT IS ONLY CONGO THAT MAY BE HARD BUT SINCE THEY CAME HERE WHEN WE WERE VULNERABLE AS OUR FOOTBALL HOUSE WERE IN SHAMBLE. THINGS ARE SETTLING DOWN A BIT. WHEN WE FACE THEM WE WILL BE PLAYING WITH THE MIND TO WIPE AWAY THE DISGRACE. CONGO WILL NOT TOP THE GROUP. OF COURSE CONGO WILL BE BEATEN BY SOUTH AFRICA.

  • Naijaking 4 years ago

    Keshi thinks Nigerians are dummies. After the Eagles lost to Congo in Calabar rumor started that he had recalled Uche brothers for South Africa game but he was quick to Shoot that down and angrily too stating how tired he was that Ike uche was a constant topic but now he wants us to believe that the guy whom he claimed he will never call because according to him wants to be begged by the coach, the players and Nigerians was asked if he had South Africa visa.

    Look for other excuses this one no make sense at all at all.

    You are not a kid Keshi, you are the coach of the Eagles at least for now. If you don’t want a particular player, you don’t go around talking about him trying to vilify the young man and in the process turn Nigerians against him. That is childish on your part. .You have to learn how to ignore certain questions.

    • So let Uche come out and express to us what happen on this very accusation from Keshi. I don’t care about two of them, I care about the country and non of them is indispensable?

  • baba otu 4 years ago

    This is when the Eagles are interesting to watch. I have no doubt we shall get maximum points against Sudan home and away. Once that is done, the NFF should have sorted Keshi contract out and the Congo match would be a revenge mission, and we sill our qualification against South Africa in a home win. We shall qualify. The doubters and enemies of this team would be shamed again.

  • Toppal 4 years ago

    You know what? Time will tell who between Uche and Keshi has been misrepresenting information. So let everybody hold their peace. However, it is also important for us to know that people has a right to keep quiet on issues just as people also have a right to express themselves. The important thing is how you as a person or a coach comport yourself during crisis situation.

  • aawhydot 4 years ago

    wishing them well, and i pray it ends d way we want it . which victory

  • Ke$hi’s conduct is at best disgraceful. I almost can’t believe that this stark illiterate actually played in Europe with his unbecoming lack of comportment and motor-park tout disposition. That he continues to pillory Ike Uche (whom no Nigerian coach before Ke$hi EVER reported having any problems with) in public is at best shameful.
    I am convinced Ke$hi would not have amounted to much in life if he had not been blessed with the gift of the round leather. And even then, with his pride and debilitating arrogance, he has always been bundled out wherever he has been and we can now all see the reason why. Pride goeth before a fall. Ike Uche has served Nigeria (in fact the two Uche brothers) very well and was extremely instrumental to our qualifications for both the 2010 WC and the 2013 AFCON. Ke$hi needs to go, regardless of the results against Sudan. He has always been a baggage carrier and Nigeria needs to tell him thank you and goodbye. We need peace and tranquility between the NFF, the technical committee, the players and the Nigerian masses. Ke$hi is not bigger than Nigeria and frankly, the mafia thug can go to hell!

  • Thank you @S Coker… No words can describe Keshi better. Keshi has always been a baggage and that is why he has always been kicked out of all of his engagements. I don’t know for how long Keshi will whine over Uche who has kept his dignity by keeping being silent all along. Silence, they say is the best answer for a fool like Keshi. A drowning man looking for whom to drag along.

  • AFOLABI DAVID 4 years ago

    PLS DO THE TALKING ON THE PITCH AND STOP ALL THESE YOUR NEWSPAPER BRAG. WE HAVE ALL THIS IN THE PAST ONLY TO COME BACK WITH EXCUSES LIKE THE TURF WAS BAD, REFEREE WAS AGAINST US , WE WERE UNLUCKY ETC.

    ANYWAY, WE JUST PRAY THAT GOD HELP US TO WIN BECOS NIGERIAN CAN`T AFFORD TO MISS OUT BUT BY AND LARGE, PERSONALLY TO ME MR KESHI HAS LOST IT, THOUGH HE HAS TRIED BY LIFTING THE NATION CUP AND QUALIFYING FOR THE WORLD CUP ETC BUT HIS BEST IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH SO FAR WITH WHAT I AM SEEING, WHILE HIS HUMAN RELATIONS WITH HIS PLAYER HAS BEEN THE POOREST SO FAR COMPARE TO OTHER COACHES, ALSO LOOKING AT THE NUMBER OF MATCHES PLAYED AND WON. HE HAS TRIED HAS A MAN NO DOUBT BUT I THINK THE SUPER EAGLES DESERVE A BETTER COACH HAS KESHI BEST IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH. GOOD LUCK TO SUPER EAGLES IN SUDAN. GOD BLESS NIGERIA