Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is confident that his team will not quake in their boots when they face Ivory Coast
Posted: 30 January 2013 Time: 10:07 am
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is confident that his team will not quake in their boots when they face title favourites Ivory Coast in the next round of the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.
Nigeria moved into the next round of the competition after two late goals from Victor Moses helped the Super Eagles overcome a stubborn Ethiopian side, to finish second in Group C behind Burkina Faso and set up a quarter-final date with last year's losing finalists Ivory Coast.
Keshi has now moved to assure Nigerian fans that there is nothing to worry about, as he is confident in the abilities of his players to stem the tide against the star-studded Ivorian team.
"It is a different ball game. I respect the Ivoirians but we will approach the game with a different mentality than what we produced against Ethiopia and other group opponents,” Keshi said.
"I know you guys are worried about Ivory Coast and I don't know why. The Ivorians have a good team and we have a good team too. It is going to be a game of eleven players on each side. Ivory Coast is Ivory Coast and Nigeria is Nigeria, so anything can happen when we meet but I am sure we won't disappoint," he says.
The Super Eagles coach also stated that he has already started to strategise on how his team will play against the Ivorians.
"Now we face title favourites Ivory Coast. I have a game plan but that is for the players (not journalists)," he adds.