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Nigeria knocked out of Confederations Cup by Spain

Posted: 23 June 2013 Time: 23:20

Spain beat Nigeria 3-0 at the Estadio Castelao Fortaleza to top Group B and make the Confederations Cup semi-finals.

There were signs of promise from Stephen Keshi’s young Super Eagles, but their finishing often let them down, and it seemed as if Spain never really got out of third gear.

Jordi Alba opened the scoring early on, finishing off a flowing move by the Spaniards. Alba received a neat pass from his Barcelona clubmate Andreas Iniesta and skipped past three Nigerian defenders, with a lucky rebound along the way, before slotting home.

The Super Eagles caused problems for Spain’s defence in the first half. John Mikel Obi was set up by some good work from Joseph Akpala, but his attempt was thwarted by Sergio Ramos.

Sunday Mba next came close, with build-up play by Ideye Brown, but his stinging effort was edged out by Victor Valdes.

Spain doubled their advantage on the hour mark, when substitute Fernando Torres capitalised on some poor defending to head home two minutes after coming onto the pitch.

Ahmed Musa set up substitute Muhammad Gambo, who somehow managed to hit wide with only the keeper to beat, after his first touch let him down badly.

Alba sealed the win with two minutes to go, rounding Vincent Enyeama after a long pass from David Silva.

Stephen Keshi team will leave Brazil with a solitary win over Tahiti, finishing third in Group B behind Uruguay.

Spain top Group B with nine points, and face Itay in a rematch of last year’s Euro 2012 Final in the semi-final on Thursday.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:11 pm
Forumites, I have copied this out of Daily Vanguards.

I have said it time and time again. Keshi is not the type of Coach that we need. He does not have what it takes to coach the Eagles. That team is just too big for him. Yo can not give what you don't have, period. Let all the Keshi supporters (Keshi United) come out and make all the noise and abuse me or even curse me, the truth must always be told. What Kojo Williams said in the interview you are about to read is nothing different from what some of us, dubbed Keshi Hatters have said on this forum.
Please read on:

Eagles need a foreign coach – Kojo Williams
News Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kojo Williams, a former chairman of the Nigeria Football association (NFA) has blamed the Super Eagles technical crew headed by Stephen Keshi for the ouster of the national team from the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

The African champions, defeated Tahiti 6-1 in their opening match but went on to suffer consecutive defeats to Uruguay and Spain to exit the tournament in the first round.

Kojo, who had predicted, in a past interview with Sports Vanguard, that the Super Eagles were going to be exposed at the Confederations Cup, said that he had been vindicated with the event that unfolded in Brazil, adding that Nigerians should expect more doom in subsequent international matches.

"I just think that we were technically bereft and to show how disgraceful and incompetent we are, Keshi, in the days before the match against Tahiti, said that he had no knowledge of Tahiti. He said he had never seen anything of them before. Imagine such a statement from a coach, who lives in America. Couldn't he have gone online to search for materials on Tahiti? Tahiti were champions of Oceania and Keshi didn't kinow how to get tapes of their matches?

"His counterpart from Tahiti said he watched clips of the Eagles at the Nations Cup. But our coach said that he did not know anything about Tahiti. It shows that we are not professionals at all. Coming to Uruguay, Keshi also showed that he knew nothing about the champions of South America, Uruguay, who are an aging side and yet we could not expose them. Our boys had no technical depth, which is a fault of the coaching crew. You saw how Uruguay played and a good coach with the same boys we had could have beaten Uruguay.

"I said it before that we needed sound technical guys to come in and work with our team, because if we left the job to the present coaches, then we would get more hammering in the future and that was what happened in Brazil.

Did you see that Spain were relaxed and they still walked past us? Did you see that if they needed more goals to qualify that they would have scored more? I said that we were not going anywhere with that team and some people thought I was wrong.

If we are contented being among the best in Africa I don't have problem with that. We can continue with what we are doing with Keshi but if we want to be among the best in the world then we must help Keshi with a good foreign coach . The problem is that they would not go for the right foreign coach."

Kojo laughed off suggestions that the Eagles missed the likes of Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses in the attack.

"It is not an acceptable excuse that for missing a player or two your team crumbles. Nobody should tell me that. This is a nation of more than 160 million people and we must put our house in order.

Look at Spain, they could afford to play with their substitutes and still get the results. I don't want to hear that we missed Emenike.

That is not an excuse because whether with or without Emenike, the style of football we are playing is the problem, the tactics. We saw how we played and we knew that we could do better".

On practical steps to take to get the team back in line, Kojo said that the technical crew has to be rejigged, with the addition of technically sound foreign coaches from Europe.

''The way we were attacking was negative. We were going forward, then we would pass back. We could not do anything with our attacking movements. I am not saying that we should do away with Keshi but I am insisting that we need people who can get change our game and get us results", added Kojo.
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