Keshi explains Victor Moses' absence

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi says Chelsea striker Victor Moses is not 100 percent fit

Posted: 22 January 2013 Time: 10:37 am

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi insists Chelsea striker Victor Moses is not 100 percent fit.

Moses failed to get any action as the Super Eagles drew 1-1 with Burkina Faso at the Mbombela Stadium on Monday night.

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While John Obi Mikel's class in the middle of the park was obvious, earning him a man of the match award, Nigeria lacked the cutting edge up front and wasted several opportunities to add to their first half goal, scored by Emmanuel Emenike, formerly of FC Cape Town and Mpumalanga Black Aces and now playing in the Russian Premier League.

This allowed Burkina Faso to earn a last-gasp draw, leading to fans and journalists wondering why Moses was not given any game-time.

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"In the last practise game in Portugal, Victor had a little bit of a hamstring problem and I had to put him out of active training," explained Keshi.

"It was better when we got here two days ago, but then he felt a little bit of [a niggle].

"I don't want to take chances on him because there's still a long way to go by the time we get ready to play Zambia, he could be fully fit then we'll consider him."

Article by: Anthony McLennan

Previous comments on this story...

Bin Laden
posted: 10:42 am
Burkina Faso thanks for that last minute egualiser, we made my day..hope you gets the maximum points on your next group game..

Burkina Faso to reach the Final, I bet on it
skarl0
posted: 10:56 am
that's an excuse and i don't buy it coach
On-aburi-we-stand
posted: 11:12 am
i think is a very flimsy excuse for you to drop your best striker on the bench throughout the game. only you know your selection criteria. as far as am concerned keshi is NOT a coach he is just a gambler who knows the poloitics better than more qualified ppl like Siasia.
Moriski..
posted: 11:26 am
WHO CARES....if you use Moses or not the fact of the matter is NIGERIA is not gonna make it on Group Stages.
LASTLY Burkina faso can you please BEAT this Ethopians o ka re ba thoma go PHAPHA....this skinny things.

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Dr Ike Achilonu
posted: 11:57 am
My take on the game between Nija and BNF is that Keshi was either blind to notice that his lineup was entirely screwed or some players such as Ogude and the rest were imposed on him.
If Efe did not get sent off, Ogude would have been sent off. Thanks to blind Keshi, he realized that Ogude was lucky to remain on the pitch until he was substituted.
We could have done better than that. I liked Emenike-Ideye combination. But if we have to play twin strikers, there is no need to play Ahmed Musa, who hardly helped Efe or Elderson by tracking back. Moreover, we do not have tall strikers who can capitalize on balls floated into the box aerially.
With Emenike-Ideye combination, I wish that someone like Moses could play behind the two strikers; Moses is able to track back into the midfield and defensive line, if needed.
I will play Nosa and Onazi to play from the tip of our box to the tip of the opponent’s box, as box to box midfielders (hei!!!, how I wish Joel Obi was in the squad).
Nosa can track back very well and he is not shy to tackle. His only problem is that his decision making is very poor, in terms of when to hold the ball and release the ball. Onazi did put up an impressive performance when he came in.
Efe tried his best in a position that he is not familiar with. Let us take our mind back to Beijing 2008. Efe played as the holding midfielder in that tournament, that is why he plays better as a central defender. Efe cannot play as a winger, he is too tall and sluggish to run on the touch line. I will prefer Omeruo in that position to Efe.
To me the defense tried, if not for the absence of the midfield, we could have scored more goals.
Mikel must be allowed to anchor the midfield. He was voted the man of the match for a reason.
tame
posted: 02:11 pm
Burkina Faso made my day ,what a goal

Super chickens
Azeebi
posted: 02:16 pm
Nigeria hold the record for being the most decorated team in AFCON and the most bad starters of the tounament's history.
Those South African who are happy with Nigeria's draw have demonstrated their inferiority complex already...
A team like the one we saw yesterday with what we have in the researve bench is aboved first round exits... Zambia will be at the reseaving end on Friday...
You are only hated when you are a succeess story, nobody has time for failures. What a way to ginger us...
Is it not better to draw Burkina faso than Ethiopia or Cape Verde in any tounament?
Is that why the organisers of the tounament denied Nigerian access to view AFCON so as to use the absence of our referee to officiate like what we saw yesterday?...
It is too early to talk about who will exit or stay... For a reminder we have lost all our opening matches in the three last tounament that we have won bronze.. And in 1990 we lost 5 - 1 and still won silver... Infact we have played badly in all our first games from 2000 to date...
Anonymous
posted: 02:20 pm
@Achilonu.
I agree with your comments. However, a professional player like Efe should know how to play through a game with one foul. The second foul was unnecessary and uncalled for. Nosa should have enforced himself more. He should be the one to play behind Emenike and Ideye. The problem with this team is that they failed reorganize themselves when they went down to 10 men.
I hope you are the one that went through Govt College Umuahia or Ibeku High school.
SUYA.
Azeebi
posted: 02:31 pm
Nigerians commenting on this page should stop bringing Siasia into this. A man who relegated Bayelsa and JuTH respectively...played badly with Hearthland... And picked 2003 already made under 17 to 2005 under 20... Failed in Egypt and even failed to qualify to Afcon in 30 years of Nigerian history should come Near Nigerian job..
If we are talking about coaches Ahmodu is the real hero..his two world cup tickets were gotten under hate, rejection, etc but still qualify in an unbeaten fashion. He moved Nigerian Ranking from 34th from July 2008 when he was given the job to 15th and best in Africa when he was fired by collective evil of Nigerians... God is simply punishing us..
Those who are calling for Siasia should give him their home states teams.... It is in Nigeria that the wrong people are honoured... We know how to confuse ourselves with unnecessary pressure...
One contracdiction is the way we supported teams like Chelsea with their bad play last season and hate Ahmodu results oriented pattern..
Must Nigerians understand the pattern or the secrete of coach's style of play...? Are we all coaches?
I am tired of these stupidity...
Why can we look at the politics in the game and the psychological frustrations suffered at the hand of that Angolan referee yesterday...
Anonymous
posted: 02:53 pm
The referee wanted the game to end in a draw and he really got it. We play into his script.
oga
posted: 03:55 pm
I'm beginning to have the feeling that Siasia is either writing comments here or mandated proxies to do so for him because I don't see the business of a Siasia and the draw we played last night. Keshi is in charge and the earlier we appreciate that the better. We're still in it, this is a tournament, all we need do is encourage our boys to up their game because they are reading us. Putting them down at this stage won't do. Keshi need to add Ogenyi Onazi to support Obi and Igiebor in the middle. Emenike should spearhead our attack because he can hold the ball and he's bullish. I expect Keshi to do the right thing by our defence. It's now clear that Obaobona holds the ace there. Yobo either up his game or be benched. Against an experienced Zambian side I expect Keshi to lay the burden of the on Obi and Emenike.
ZambiaMan
posted: 04:31 pm
I hope Moses is not fit for Zambia game, but whatever Sunzu will make him stretch the muscle again, he runs too much like a chicken without a head and will probably pull the muscle in the 5th minute.
TeellThemm
posted: 04:34 pm
Even if Siasia is writing stuff here, he has the right to do so. It's obvious that this team cohesion and team play is rubbish compare to Siasia team. I have said it several times that Nigeria has past the level of going to a Nation cup for participation sake. The Eagle play Yesterday is shameful, NFF and Keshi, should be happy now, NO TEAM COHESION, NO LEADER OF THE TEAM, NO TECHNICAL INPUT FROM THE BENCH AND THE SUBSTITUTION IS TOTAL RUBBISH.
UZ0
posted: 04:55 pm
EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES.....

uzo
Deco_20
posted: 05:12 pm
South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt & Cameroon days are over, they only have history!
Game147
posted: 05:58 pm
Ivory Coast 1-1 Togo : Halftime
Anonymous
posted: 06:00 pm
Nigeria played better, the pitch is bad and they couldnt influence the game as much as they would have loved to, further more we had more clear cut chances, the finishing would have have seen burkina loose by 3 goals on a different day, burkina had one good player and that was pietrotio(cant spell) aside that we lock them down and move well all of the team are fast and strong, yobo a bit sluggish but hopefully he will pick up, and the team need to press more when they defend, they did really well tracking back however, lots of positive, the goal was just a blot and even with 10 men, burkina did not deserve it.
On-aburi-we-stand
posted: 06:09 pm
@ Azeebi or whatever you call yourself siasia was the last coach before keshi just like largerbeer was the last coach b4 Siaone. it is only natural that you compare the immediate past with the present. your choice of words leaves much to be desired. you sound as if you have a monopoly to knowledge and your right of expression superseeds others.
your trying to rubish siaone's records does not stop any objective observer from seeing that keshi lacks the technical abilities which siaone has in aboundance. even Amodu's selection would have won that match with ease. keshi din't make any single correct decision in that match from his team selection to his changes. with all the camping they could not produce any form of cordinantion. i just hope that keshi with all his predjuces of trying to freeze all the siasia "boys" out of the team will allow him do the right thing in the next match. please my guy allow ppl to express their own opinion just like your doing. super eagles will win the next match
stanslinks
posted: 06:17 pm
This had been Nigerian style of play right from our falling days. Play very impressive football like men, but end it all like women. Absolutely, nothing has changed. Part of the reason for bringing on Keshi is to fix the Nigerian defence. After one year if he didnt do that what happens? We never lacked good strikers, we lacked good defenders.

As I said before, I will give my final accessment of this Couch and this side after our second match with Zambian team. Hands to Heart still crossed, watching and waiting.
Anonymous
posted: 06:17 pm
NIGERIA will improve
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