Nigeria gear up for Ethiopian test

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi says that the Super Eagles are in high spirits ahead of the Ethiopia Nations Cup clash.

Posted: 29 January 2013 Time: 06:56 am

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has disclosed that the Super Eagles are in high spirits as they prepare for their must-win encounter against Ethiopia.

Nigeria have drawn their first two games at the Africa Cup of Nations and will have to win today's game against Ethiopia in order to be assured of qualification for the next round.

Nigeria along with defending champions Zambia and even Ethiopia have a chance of making it to the next round of the Nations Cup, but coach Stephen Keshi, who captained Nigeria to glory in the 1994 edition of the tournament, is optimistic of his team’s chances.

Keshi disclosed that a lot of work has been put into preparing the team for today's encounter against Ethiopia.

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"I want to recognise my team about preparation for tomorrow's game, we have been working very hard," he said.

"We have been talking to one another, and the spirit is high in the camp. I like what I am seeing with my players, so I think we are ready.

"I think everybody is ready, everybody is ready to go, and it is just a question of the coach's selection. That will take place, otherwise every member of my team is ready to go," Keshi declared.

The Super Eagles coach further stated that there was no cause for alarm and urged Nigerian fans to keep faith in the team.

"It's going to be OK tomorrow. That is the only thing I can tell Nigerian fans that they don't need to worry, all they need to do is just pray for no injuries, good health for the kids and they will come out and do their best tomorrow." he added

Article by: Uche George Egbe

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 07:22 am
Mr editor, please there is nothing like appreciable goal magine, all Nigeria need is 3 points and they are in quarters inrespective of what happens in the other match. Moreover, should Burkina faso beat zambia then even a draw will see Nigeria through. But eagles must not rely on anybody so they should go for outright victory agaist Ethiopia
jipas
posted: 07:24 am
The spirit is high in the team?maybe everybody is high on something.Nigeria to be humbled tonight.
Mseja
posted: 07:47 am
So what?????????
Anonymous
posted: 07:59 am
yes we can,The super Eagles of Nigeria will carry the day...i support the young eagles to sower in the tournamen and thereafter the tournamen blend more together as a team...pls Big Bos do not forget to inject the following players into the eagles after the tournament,Daniel Adejo the best right full back in the italia serie B,Sone Aluko to fight for a place with nosa igiebor for the playmaker role,mikel agu of fc porto now with the nigeria under21 national team a natural defensive midfielder...all players must not come once but as many that are good can geet injected into the frame
Dr Ike Achilonu
posted: 08:45 am
@Anonymous, I agree with you that Keshi did overlook some players coming into this tournament. Of all the MF in the super eagle, only Nosa is an attacking MF. Aluko is on form and can play on both feet. Nosa is a flat right footed player and can hardly shoot with his left foot. When I think of the fact that certain players such as Martin, Aluko were overlloked for Ejike, Mba, Reuben and Egwueke, I wonder what Keshi had in mind while selecting his team. Reuben and Egwueke were sick and may not even play any role in the whole tournament. He could have included Solomon Kwambe, who is a natural right back.
stanslinks
posted: 09:26 am
Super Eagles of Nigeria...I wish you super duper success. Go for it.
Anonymous
posted: 09:44 am
@Dr Ike,you are right likewise,this four players you just mentured has no business in the super eagles
at the moment because they are not super eagles material intheir place can come sidney sam,joel obi when fit,daniel adejoh and any othe well proven nigeria player in his club...
yungblud
posted: 10:09 am
making stupid promises...we hav ol it takes 2 win diz cup bt our defence iz very very bad
Tico MP
posted: 10:13 am
kids?
Good luck
posted: 10:46 am
From the begining Keshi always said his teams are in high spirit and when game started his teams play like woman, they play like team who really don't need goals. They will score one goal and relax until they equalise. Keshi is a guy man 419 he don't know anything about coaching he fails in TOGO and MALI also before they kicked him out and now hasting to coach Eagles. Please NFF should better look for a good sound foriegn coach after this tornament or should better call back Samson Siasia to take over.
stanslinks
posted: 10:48 am
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ijawmaninamerica
posted: 10:52 am
Good luck to our Super Eagles!
Good luck
posted: 10:55 am
Had it been NFF gives Samson Siasia second chance last time then I believes by now he would have build a solid teams for this tornament, but NFF didn't give him enough time, please NFF should look for a good world class foriegn coach after this tornament or should better call back Samson Siasia to take over from this Keshi who doesn't know anything about coaching, because he eventually qualify Togo for world cup everybody thinks that he is a good coach, can you imagine you are going to tornament without reliable right back and ask Efe Ambrose to play in that position which he collected red card because it is not his position to play.
Cosa Nostra (5Families)
posted: 11:22 am
@Good luckposted: 10:46 am | Report From the begining Keshi always said his teams are in high spirit and when game started his teams play like woman, they play like team who really don't need goals. They will score one goal and relax until they equalise. Keshi is a guy man 419 he don't know anything about coaching he fails in TOGO and MALI also before they kicked him out and now hasting to coach Eagles. Please NFF should better look for a good sound foriegn coach after this tornament or should better call back Samson Siasia to take over.

I suppose every nigerian has the potential to become a 419 or is it a norm so i dont blame Keshi Cash,the stage is easily set for him to do our thing(La cosa nostra) no wahala.I can also go as far as blowing the church with a C4 or turn someone into a drug addict,leave him/her to overdose and die, turn her into a Prost all in the name of money.God forbid.Hope the super eagles win tonight.
Pirates is a medium team CHIEFS is BIG
posted: 12:32 pm
stanslinksposted: 10:48 am | Report
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Keep your letter short and simple. Maybe the Editor might take note. Not this long thing. You dont have to say a lot to make sense.
Johnhandsome
posted: 12:45 pm
MSEJA AND JIPAS don't you guys have something meaningful to say? of what relevance are your comments to the above discussion? I will advice you guys to learn how to be nice to other people. I honestly can't understand why some people are just too negative. As an African, I support any African team in the world cup or any other major tournament. Football is a game, you guys must get this into your heads. To all SUPER Eagles supporters, let us support our team, I think they have played very well. Remember, football has changed, every team that made it to the tournament came to compete and represent their various nations. So, we shouldnt always expect Super Eagles to trash every team they play. I wish the pitch was a little better, I know on a better surface, our players will do well. I am so proud of them so far. KUDOS to Keshi for the great and extra-ordinary job he is doing. Since he took over the team we have seen some transformation and improvements. GO ON SUPER EAGLES, I am 100% behind you. God bless.
lastairbender
posted: 02:21 pm
u guys are not getting it. these 6 local player allowance for this tournament is going to the coach pocket that i know for sure, that explains why these two sick players are in the team,,, egunje coach,, big head and asst by big arms,, amorkachi coaching no be my grabist, we are not fighting it is football,, no wounder the team is so rough,,, nigerians wake up these guys got nothing to offer, we want to win the world cup then start employing good sound coaches,, i dont care about the cup of nations it is not an achievement any more.. world cup bronze is better than 5 cup of nations, more over it is a fix cup the highest bidder have it,, corrupt african football called caf,,,..
Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo land
posted: 02:24 pm
As the traditional tittle holder and the son of God, I always say the truth. Keshi is not a coach. Every player is a player but we have those who want to die for his country. Keshi is a zero % coach. can he watch coach Akwesi Appiah? He captains Ghana for many years, he has been a second coach for many years. But when he get the nod, can you see what his hard working offering him. We need a serious team, those who can mark ball when they loose it, no one is perfect but man pass man. No one in Nigeria can parade the type of player Siasia can parade, take it or leave it. Siasia has his already made team, he knows them, he mix where there is weak. For me, Keshi is a failure, even if he carry world cup. I don't have lazy coach as friend. WE NEED SIASIA1, WE NEED SIASIA1. Without Sisia nothing will workout as far as Nigeria football is concern. NKATA OFFOR 1 HAVE SPOKEN. DALUNU.
Good luck
posted: 04:36 pm
PLEASE PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND NFF COMMITTEE HOPE YOU ARE HEARING ME, WE NEEDS SAMSON SIASIA TO TAKE OVER FROM THIS CROOK CALLED STEVEN KESHI HE IS NOT A COACH HE DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT COACHING. PLEASE SACK HIM NOW BEFORE HE TOO LATE AND CALL SAMSON SIASIA BACK AFTER THIS TORNAMENT AND GIVES HIM TIME HE WILL SURELY BUILD US A SOLID TEAMS TO BE PROUD FOR THE WORLD CUP. SIASIA IS THE ANSWER AND THE SOLUTION TO OUR NATIONAL TEAMS PROBLEM
Good luck
posted: 04:38 pm
ALL WE ARE SAY HEE GIVES US SAMSON SIASIA !
ALL WE ARE SAY HEE GIVES US SAMSON SIASIA !
ALL WE ARE SAY HEE GIVES US SAMSON SIASIA !
ALL WE ARE SAY HEE GIVES US SAMSON SIASIA !
ALL WE ARE SAY HEE GIVES US SAMSON SIASIA !
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