Don't Expect Much From Me —Keshi

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New Super Eagles handler, Stephen Keshi, has told Nigerians not to expect much from him when the Super Eagles of Nigeria take on Botswana and Zambia in international friendly ties. He said the games are not a do-or-die affair for him and his team.

Keshi said he would use the friendly matches to assess the Eagles being his first assignment with the team since he took over from sacked Coach Samson Siasia.

“I want to state it categorically that Nigeria’s friendly games against Botswana (on 12 November) and Zambia (15 November) are not do-or -die affairs. I will use the ties to assess these players for the first time and look at the way the technical crew can motivate them to play to win and bring back the lost glory of the Eagles,” he said on Brila FM early today.

The ‘Big Boss’ as Keshi was fondly called by his admirers during his playing days, further stated that the ties would be used to address various problems facing the team in a bid to get a formidable team that will be the toast of every Nigerian.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles’ captain, Joseph Yobo, has assured soccer-loving Nigerians of a new team when they play host to Botswana and Zambia national teams, saying the Eagles need to perform well and win those matches to convince and regain the confidence of the people.

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Yobo said it is difficult for him and other members of the team to overcome the disappointment of not playing in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations slated for Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, adding that there is need for the Eagles to forge ahead and make the nation proud again.

“We are all disappointed not to be part of next year’s Nations Cup, but we need to use these friendly matches to convince our fans all over the world and to regain their confidence in the team,” he said.

He attested to the competence of the new Eagles’ handler, describing him as the living legend, who can turn around the dwindling fortunes of the Eagles.

“Keshi was the former captain, he has the experience and I believe that we can work together to bring back the winning mentality to this team. He is a living legend,” he said.

—Olusegun  Abidoye

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