Keshi writes himself into history

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has engraved his name in the history books after his team won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations trophy.

Posted: 11 February 2013 Time: 09:49 am

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has engraved his name in the history books after guiding a relatively young Nigerian team to lift the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations trophy for a third time.

A 40th minute goal from Sunday Mba secured a 1-0 victory for Nigeria over a very resilient Burkina Faso team to ensure that the Super Eagles were once again crowned as the Champions of Africa, ending a nineteen year wait.

READ: Super Eagles are Nations Cup champs!

The team had to endure lots of criticisms and an initial lack of support from the fans and stakeholders alike, who faulted Keshi's selection of relatively inexperienced players, with only about six players out of his twenty-three-man squad having had previous Nations Cup experience.

With this victory, Keshi has now equalled the record set by Egypt's Mahmoud El-Gohari as the only (living) player to have won the Nations Cup both as a player (1994) and as a coach (2013).

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The late El-Gohari won the Africa Cup of Nations as a player in 1959, finishing as the top scorer in that year's edition with three goals all of which came in a game against Ethiopia. He later coached Egypt to victory at Burkina Faso in 1998, with the Pharaoh’s defeating then defending champions South Africa in the final by two goals scored by Ahmed Hassan and Tarek Mustafa.

On his part, Keshi captained the Nigerian team that were crowned African champions at Tunisia in 1994, and his victory nineteen years later has left him as the only man alive to hold the record.

Keshi is also the third West African coach to lift the Nations Cup trophy. Following in the footsteps of Ghana's Charles Kumi Gyamfi who led the Black Stars win the African Cup of Nations trophy three times (1963, 1965 and 1982), and also Yeo Martial who led Ivory Coast to their only Nations Cup title in 1992.

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Keshi is now the most successful indigenous coach in Nigerian football history. Europe may have found a 'Special One' in Portuguese coach, Jose Mourinho, but here in Nigeria and Africa at large we know who the 'Big Boss' is.

Article by: Uche George Egbe

Previous comments on this story...

Omodan
posted: 10:04 am
These are men.....
Magnanimous
posted: 10:11 am
Keshi makorokoto, congratulations. You have prevailed where your own people doubted u and yo team. Tell them once again LOCAL IS LEKKER.
DTC Spiritual Owner AKA Jomo Sono
posted: 10:17 am
Steven keshi is not arrogant but has self belief and self trust. Lots of people confuse that with arrogance. The first African coach to stand in front of the world media and question the quality and expertise of so called Foreign Couches. Some of them are ball boys in Europe. We know that Hev Reaner Zambian Coach is a physical trainer not a coach but gets what he is coaching Zambia ( How many Zambian ex players that Kalusha could have given chance ?

We know that Qaures Qouras or whatever his name was has always been an assistant coach but hey SAFA made him a head coach. We know that Stuart Baxter was an under 17 coach all his life, you guessed correct again because our clever SAFA made him a head coach.

We know that Paul Put was banned for match fixing in Belgium, but hey he has navigating West Africa countries just to revive his career.

Steven Keshi qualified Togo for the first time in World Cup- but was fired for a foreign coach. I am a nationalist and very much a patriotism type of a person. it is better to lose a game being coached by a national than a foreigner. It is common knowledge that globalization has taken over but there are certain things you can’t afford to commoditize.

Africa for our pride let’s start having faith in our own, if need be lets have African coaches couching African countries if we believe we don’t have depth. I respect Cape Vrede more than Burkina Faso, cos their achievements was a national pride. We have seen it happening with our Rugby. The national coaching job can never be given to a foreigner.

Despite the fact that I love Nigeria as a country, yesterday mine was sentimental and personal. African couch v/s Foreign couch and yes I was watching the game with my Nigerian friends because they are Fonny and very foony people.

Proudly South African ( In Nigeria for CONFED I trust)
shantylino
posted: 10:17 am
Oh da big boss,what a humble person,i remember meeting da super eagles in january 1994 in portugal(faro to be exact).the super eagles had set a camp in portugal before 1994nations cup.i was a 17 year old unknwon s.african playing fo s.c.espinho there.i stl remember how they bragged about beating our bafana 4_0.i was lucky enuff to hv met the likes of okocha.emanuel amunike,samson siasia,peter rufai,eguavon ,ekuchuku,yekini,thompson oliha,ben iroha,amokachi,ricky owubukiri(top scorer 1993in portugal) n others.thats were da love fo super eagles started.congrats to them.okuselenje up the Bucs all da way.to u super eagles ;u belong on top where u are as we speak.very well done...
Super Green
posted: 10:29 am
Why are the Samson Siasia supporters being so quiet?
mystical
posted: 10:48 am
The Special One
ML.Zwane
posted: 11:10 am
Well done Sir. You did your nation proud and set precedence to the rest of the African coaches who doubt themselves and the ability of their players.

Well done to Nigeria, you were uncompromising and was not here to make friends. You meant business!
mystical
posted: 11:24 am
Samson Siasia cldnt qualify Nigeria to the previous Nations cup tournament. Stephen Keshu came and conquered the whole of Africa in 5 weeks wt a group of unknown players and still u ponder what people ask for! It tells u some people hv got no clue
Anonymous
posted: 11:30 am
@Detmolder,

Failure is not in failing itself but not rising after failing. Keshi (The Big Boss) can write a book on this

Segun
oga
posted: 12:10 pm
There is an ongoing truce as a result of our victory last night, even those yeye fowls calling for Siasia I'll spare them. I'm waiting to hear the reaction of our NFF to all this. That's the next battle we have to fight to sanitise our football.
Mqonywase
posted: 12:41 pm
Well Done to Super Egales.. i am happy for Steven Keshi, what a Humble man. Spoke to him when he was still Mali Coach as i was doing a Docy on Afcon Players.. Was very nice and actually offered to speak to Adebayo for me so i could interview him. Helped me a Lot when i was in Ghana . i coudnt get hold of the Ghananian [players so Keshi Helped me speak to the coach who inturn gave me access to the players.. MR HUMBLE MAN.. Well DOne.
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posted: 12:42 pm
▌▌✨Yiηkα ★....Oηє ℓσvє Nαιjα

GOD BLESS NIGERIA !!!
DTC Spiritual Owner AKA Jomo Sono
posted: 12:47 pm
All you ignorant Nigerians who keep on referring to South African as slaves should do yourself a favor a watch a documentary called ' Miracle Rising South Africa" and learn how Democracy was achieved in South Africa.

South Africa was blessed with leaders who had foresight and could rise beyond hate and anger for the better of all South African. As a country we managed to turn a very negative and dangerous scenario into a positive story.

South Africa achievements and peaceful transition is used a case study for doctorate students and model followed by many countries and enemies globally. South African is the only country that has managed to restore the pride of the Continent. The world sat and noticed that not all Africans are primitive and barbaric. Not all Africans use Machete and Guns to force their way, and in that the Nigerian can a learn a thing or two

That is RSA even today is not living under the siege of extremist like Boka Haram because South African is for all who live in it. You might think that we don’t know but some of us know that Non Muslim Nigerian have been the slaves and are still the slaves of Muslim Nigerian. This is well documented in Nollywood where you find a human been opening gate when the master come home. We don’t have that in South Africa. Nigerian oil is concentrated on the North part ( Niger delta) which is densely populated by the non Muslim Nigerian, but the control is in the hand of Muslim. Nigeria has been led by Muslin Leader for many years, and only his Excellency Goodluck Jonathan is the president but still he is under siege because Muslims do not approve of him being the president, hence the alleged coup. So Nigeria focus on stabilizing your government, entrench democracy and maintain peace and most importantly try to stay in Nigeria in order to rebuild that decapitated country of yours

I know Lagos and Abuja very well and it does not compare anywhere near South Africa major cities.

Proudly South African who loves Nigerians
longman
posted: 01:35 pm
Eish! Keshi a man of destiny. - the door dey open to join big boss club now. God bess super eagles, God bless nigeria.
ZION 2
posted: 04:56 pm
The BIG BOSS!!.. I hail u bros..
The best of its kind..lol

Na wah! o, some haters of progress has suddenly gone cold... common weldon, they be witch?
TeellThemm
posted: 07:26 pm
@Jomo Sono Wase Orlando!!!!!
With all due respect to you as i have always appreciate your comment but you should realize that most Nigerians here respond to the rubbish which your country men post here. Lagos and Abuja you said might not be compared to anywhere in South Africa but they were built,develop and run by Nigerians and not by Whites which are the case of your most cities. Congratulation Big Boss,PROUDLY NIGERIAN.
yankeeman
posted: 07:59 pm
wow greatest achievement in the 21st century pround of y"all. God is a nigerian. satan and haters beware!
ola ola
posted: 08:40 pm
Where are the banana banana noise makers? Non of them could even make CAF first 11, what a shame. The only thing they know how to do is talk
Podium
posted: 01:51 pm
Yes these are true men. They have proven their critics wrong. We will continue to support you Keshi and co. Keep the good job on.
Darlo
posted: 01:58 pm
Keshi,you are a man...Siasia is a boy...men are different from boyz...were all the bad belle people dey?

Ride on my man...you are a man and not boy
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