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Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi was quick to deflect praise from himself and to his players after winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Posted: 11 February 2013 Time: 6:55 am

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi was quick to deflect praise from himself and to his players after a historic African Nations Cup title win.

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Keshi became only the second man to win the Nations Cup as both a player and coach but said his players should take the credit.

"It is their trophy," he said. "I always believed in them right from our training camp in Portugal when I told them that they could win the trophy.

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"But they didn't believe me at the time and thought I was just talking. But they began to believe when we got here, and I must say I am happy for them because they did all we asked of them.

"You can't ask for a better group of players."

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

yankeeman
posted: 07:08 am
This is fantastic God is a nigerian............Haters beware.
Grandboi
posted: 07:15 am
Yes Boss Congr@! You have shut the critics,your haters now had reason to rejoice with you. Pls start preparing for the confederation,ι'м anxiously waiting for the match Nigeria vs Spain, the match is gonna be like Barca vs Arsenal........welldone SE
kgamosha la masodoma
posted: 07:18 am
Keshi is best African coach on his 1st job as national coach he took unfancied Togo to their 1st n only world cup so far now he led Nigeria to the AFCON cup after 19 years
jipas
posted: 07:20 am
This afcon thing is over now,back to the real thing Psl soccer.Back to calling FNB stadium by its real name not this National stadium nonsense.Back to blogging with South Africans not the Druglords.Back to whalloping Chimpanzees at Loftus like we did the last time.
Nigeria won this cup because there was no stronger teams this year ,the final was boring hence Egypt was always winning.Now Nigerians back to your burrows in Lagos and Abuja .Let the Psl games restart.The 8th best league in the world and thats a fact.
Super Green
posted: 07:20 am
Where are the cowardly Samson Siasia fans now?
Tokyo .
posted: 07:31 am
Congratulation Eagles and Keshi, now we are back on the track. Up super eagles.
DJ_DONT
posted: 07:41 am
Those druglords must pack their drugs and fuckoff afcon is over now , amen....
T'zozo
posted: 07:42 am
Who cares. Nigerians remain the most hated people on earth - for good reasons.
DTC Spiritual Owner AKA Jomo Sono
posted: 08:19 am
Congradulation Nigeria ( The Eagles Have Landed) So go out there and represent us well at the Confed Cup.

In Nigeria i believe. I said it before and i am saying it agin! watch this Nigerian Team. These boys are hungry and most importantly they want to write a new chapter. This Class of 2013 will dominate African and the world footall for a very long time.

Mikel Obi thank you very much for showing dedication, discipline and love for your country. Despite acheiving it all you have realised that you havent won anything until you sink the black ball ( winning AFCON), and now History will judge you as one of the African greatest.

Your hard work, foresight, ball distrubution, slowing the game and generally doing that unfancy work at the middle of the park have been noticed by those who know football. I say now you can go back to England with pride and you head held high cause you have achieved what Drogba and Essian could not.

Proudly South African ( In Nigeria for CONFED I trust)
MAMINZELA
posted: 08:20 am
Now I understand why the Iron Duke once considered the man for the Pirates job
He is brave and can make unpopular decisions against a 70 million population's wishes
MAMINZELA
posted: 08:27 am
While other teams celebrate Championships South African Zebras are celebrating a quarter Final defeat
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 08:46 am
In Nigeria we have a young and brave team, In Steven Keshi we have a young and brave coach. Proud of what this team has achieved.

Obi Mikel what a middlefield genius, very calm, very talented and he never lose the ball. I. Am so blessed to be alive n watch this player called Obi Mikel. He plays at the highest level n has won Championship in Europe n in Africa. Wow, Yobo pllease hand ovet to Obi.
Jacob/Styles
posted: 09:01 am
Jealousy is killing some of my compatriots, let's give credit where it is due Nigeria made this tournament a great spectacle and deservedly were crowned Afcon 2013. Congratulations to the fans in the stadium yesternight as they proved that as Africans we can create an electrifying atmosphere in our competitions. I marvelled at the fans who clad green and white(Nigeria), red, green, yellow (Burkina Faso) and yellow and green (South Africa) regalia to grace the final match. Instead of us being jealous let's appreciate the fact that we are fortunate to have witnessed great tournaments in our country.
Godsaves
posted: 09:38 am
Jacob/styles u are blessed., truly we should celebrate level of football attained by our great continent instead of criticizing one another....the better team deservedly won the trophy and all we have to do now is support this team as they represent Africa in Brazil come june...impossibility is nothing when God speaks...proudly 9gerian
jipas
posted: 10:01 am
You Jacob/Dog style u r a fool.If you dont support a team you are jealous?I will never support Nigeria.Have you seen what these foreigners have turned South Africa into?Go play with youself.And you the nigerian guy you talking crap who should support you.You a..s.Dogstyle you talk as if SA was hosting her first tournament.South Africa is not on the same level with all African countries hence some footballers from Europe r plying their trade in SA.Even the Nigerians are playing in the Psl.Emenike was playing in the second division here in South Arica.Tell me which SA player plays in other African country,except the have beens who play In Swaziland.You Morons.
jipas
posted: 10:10 am
Mr Editor enough of this Afcon nonsense,Tomorrow there is a Big game.Mamelodi Sundowns vs Kaizer Chiefs in case you have forgotten.
TeellThemm
posted: 10:32 am
@Jipas
Your PSL is crap, don't be fooled even if it's ranked 1st in the world. Assembled set of players from your league are disgusting to watch. Your Mamelodi Sundowns vs Kaizer Chiefs or your banana banana are joke outside your HIV/AIDS infested country. Supporting a team is a choice and Nigerians don't need you to support them, with or without your support the Eagles is flying and haters like you you will continue to hate. Go hang yourself with your #### banana banana and remember if your white master catch's you here, he's gonna whip your Ass like they always do. SLAVE.
Jacob/Styles
posted: 10:36 am
jipasposted: 10:10 am | Report

I just wonder what stressed you up so early in the morning young man, just cool yourself down. Honestly I won't stoop to your level just a reminder you are still an African who happened to be born in SA. You are no better than any African, probably there are Mozambicans, Zimbabweans, Nigerians etc. who live their lives optimally andd far better than your pathetic one. You are a shame to your own family as you display lack of morals and bad upbringing here. Shut up moron!!!
mystical
posted: 10:39 am
I always knew he wldnt accept the praise! Very humble and dedicated manager to have
jipas
posted: 10:40 am
I have realised that the nigerians dont know the meaning of the word slave.They refer to black South Africans as slaves, I rest my case.
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