Keshi pleased with performance

Nigeria claimed their first win of the African Nations Cup but coach Stephen Keshi was more concerned about the performance

Posted: 30 January 2013 Time: 06:46 am

Nigeria claimed their first win of the 2013 African Nations Cup but coach Stephen Keshi was more concerned about the performance of his wards.

"I am very happy today, but not really about the result," Keshi said.

"I am happy about the way the team played, the way they passed the ball, the build-up, all the things we talked about in training, they did in the second half."

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The first half was less pleasing for the coach.

"They were a bit too anxious to score in the first half, but at half time, I told them to calm down and just be patient and the goals would come.

"And when we came back, the second half was much better."

With the 2-0 win, the Super Eagles finished second in the group, after Burkina Faso drew 0-0 against Zambia.

Nigeria will stay in Rustenburg, where they will play Group D winners Cote d'Ivoire on Sunday.

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

Clever boys
posted: 07:16 am
On behalf of a largest team in Africa[more than 1000 players from development squads] Bidvest Wits of South Africa.Good game at the end Eagles. Congratulation Keshi . Show Africa how good you are. Against Ivory coast attack from the first whistle. Keep use your wings effectively so your defenders like Ambrose could cause 1/2 problems. Shooting from the range can cause problems too. If you can strike first they will come out looking for the equalizer, That's how the game may be opened. I hope to see you in the final with mighty Bafana bafana. Why not ? Our team can battle with anyone using home advantage. Out of all these 7 remaining teams only Mali and Togo we have never beaten before. Good luck my fellow Africans.
Commander Of The Ship Cpt. Black Beard
posted: 07:22 am
@Clever Boys naija and mzansi will not meet in final casue if they both win their q/final clashes they'll meet in the semi's.
Anonymous
posted: 07:29 am
pls Keshi play ogenyi onazi as our box to box miefielder against ivory coast to disturb yaya toure and support in our counter attack...thx
toklins221
posted: 08:32 am
"Keshi pleased with performance" I hope that was not the best you can do.
KOIYOKO
posted: 09:28 am
Pleased about such mediocre perfomance Keshi?

That's very pathetic !
vhavhani
posted: 09:35 am
Hehehehe Bafana in the Final,thats Hillarious,Im a South African but that is too naive
k25
posted: 10:21 am
Keshi please about the performance..., i hope that is not the best he can do.., this guys is has no idea about the game plan.., you could even see that he doesnt know what to do.., Ethiopia was far better than us yesterday, the only they do not know how to kill the game.., Keshi is really far from Siasia, i know you guys will contradic my idea, but you will see when we face a real team, this team is playing for themselves, keshi is doing nothing, the guys is uselesss. and sudently he plase with the performance... for God seek this is far from the super eagle we all want. what happen to NFF, appoint a good coach, if we dont have a good local coach to be appoint for the super eagle, then appoint foreing coach please. this group can play better.
ashankie
posted: 11:27 am
r we really shou dat we can defit winners of group D
Good luck
posted: 11:40 am
NFF SHOULD REPLACE THIS KESHI AFTER THE AFCON BECAUSE HE IS NOT A GOOD COACH EITHER THEY LOOK FOR A GOOD FORIEGN COACH OR CALL BACK SAMSON SIASIA KESHI HAS NOTHING TO OFFER NIGERIA HE DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT COACHING.
Good luck
posted: 11:41 am
IVORY COAST CAN NEVER BEAT NIGERIA IF IT IS WORST THEY WILL PLAY 0-0 NINETY MINUTES AND AFTER EXTRA TIMES THEY PLAY PENALTY KICK AND NIGERIA WILL WIN AND GO TO SEMIFINALS JUST RIGHT IT DOWN.
Tico MP
posted: 11:43 am
COTE D IVOIRE 3 NIGERIA 0
Anonymous
posted: 02:59 pm
Rubbish!
Keshi you should be happy with the result because they played rubbish. If that is what you are coaching them, you should throw in the towel as soon as the plane arrives in Naija. Slyman
Anonymous
posted: 03:01 pm
Win or lose against Ivory Coast, business man Keshi's time is up. It is clear he has no ideas for this team. We cannot continue to support him while he uses Eagles as his personal academy to sell players to Europeans. Our creative midfielder was Mba. What did he create and Keshi let him play for 90 minutes. NFF should please clear off all of the coaches including the even dumber Amokachi.

I suggest we go for a young coach who likes attacking football and can inspire his charges to greater heights. Roberto Martinez of Wigan comes to mind. He is Spanish, loves African talent and did a wonderful job on nurturing Victor Moses. He should also be allowed to bring his own assistants. I really doubt this NFF would want to work with Siasia again. But Siasia or Oliseh as his Nigerian assistant would be a great asset to the technical team.

I am sorry, at this stage, we have a lot of talents but I do not support doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We cannot continue recycling ex Eagles as coaches. They are player agents or easily influenced by the agents of the players they are supposed to be managing. Before hard core Siasia fans cry fowl , please tell me what Solomon Okoronkwo, Isaac Promise and Chibuzor Okonkwo were doing in our national team even when it was obvious they were surplus to requirement. Eguavoen brought a clueless Stanley Okoro and washed up Stephen Sunday into our team. Although Amodu is not an ex eagle, he was also influenced by player agents and his team was just as unimaginative as his boy, Keshi. Amodu could not stop inviting Seyi Olofinjana and Obinna Nwaneri even when we had better options.

One thing most of us agree on,is that we must make a change now. Keshi and his dumb assistants can't deliver a better Eagles than what Siasia had. We have moved backwards with their appointment. We should right this wrong now. Slyman.
Anonymous
posted: 04:43 pm
I don't understand why our ex-internationals see nigeria coaching job as a birth right. Been an ex-footballer doesn't necessarily mean you could be a good coach; they are different things apart in all practical sense and Jose Mourinho is a testament to that fact. None of our indigenous coaches have shown they have the tactical knowledge of modern soccer thus far; they just believe having played for nigeria before they are good coaches and unfortunately the NFF is buying that but simply too because the FA officials are not people with sound knowledge and understanding of football management. I am a USSF B license coach and i certainly know what i'm commenting about. It was sad watching the eagles yesterday play that way in a must win game yet the coach could come out to say he was pleased with the performance; really! that just sum up how clueless Keshi's understanding of the game is. No need to start mentional the many flaws tactically i witnessed yet nothing was done to adjsut for the duration of the game. The game was won by sheer yeo effort of Moses trickery and the inexperience of Ethiopia defender. Nothing was tactical in our game for whole duration of the game. No doubt nigeria have the talents, but we'll keep deceiving ourselves until we adopt the right approach of managing our teams. keshi certainly will not help this team after watching many of his games; as ex captain, he is no doubt very passionate about the super eagles but passion is different from tactical understanding of coachingf the game. I am not a fan of Siasia either, but if he had not allowed arrogance and 'more than thou' attitude to run him down he could be a successful national team coach. The fact is, it was too early for Siasia to think he can manage the national senior team. If he had taken time to learn more staying with the junior sides, he could perhaps be a great national Head coach with his inherent traits but after coaching junior sides with some relative paltry success with seeming use of over age players, he thought he had arrived and the NFF bought into that. He should have learnt more under an experience foreign coach before jumping into the responsibility of managing the super eagles. Siasia was coaching a youth U10 team here in Atlanta and just suddenly became the national handler; from what experience, what level of education, what level of license?
NFF have enough money to share but don't have enough to hire a foreign coach; we will remain at this level unless we do the right thing than recycling these ex internationals that knows nothing about coaching the modern game. Hire a foreign coach and let Siasia and/or Oliseh learn from such reputable coach then we could be thinking indegenous coach in near future but for now we are wasting time and resources on Keshi and co. It is an outer disgrace as a nigerian to see our nigeria team play the way they have been playing and the coach coming out to say he's pleased with their performances. common!
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