Friday, February 01, 2013
KESHI NOT HAPPY WITH FANS WHO CONDEMN SUPER EAGLES
Super eagles of Nigeria Stephen Keshi has hit out at fans who have been critical of the Super Eagles' group stage performances in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nation in South Africa
Keshi also find it alarming that Nigerians have ruled them out against Ivory Coast in the quarter finals and he pleaded with the fans to support the team
"It is a shameful thing if my nation do not have confidence in their team. If they don't have confidence in their team, it's a big shame to my nation, including me, that they think its' just a walkover for Ivory Coast.
"It's a pitiful thing and if my players hear that, what kind of confidence is that to my players? Just pitiful stuff."
"As far as I am concerned, everybody can think what they want to think. We have confidence, we know we are going to do something tangible in this Cup of Nations," the Nigerian coach said on Friday, ahead of their quarterfinal clash with Ivory Coast in Phokeng on Sunday.
"I am not under any pressure but I am under 'Stephen Keshi' pressure to do well for Nigeria and to get my title," he said.
"I have my own personal goals that I would like to achieve and if you want to call that pressure, then that's pressure.
"On paper people say Ivory Coast are going to kill everybody in this tournament, but football is a game of 11 against 11 over 90 minutes."
Nigeria struggled throughout their three group stage clashes, finishing runners-up in Group C, having claimed a victory over Ethiopia before playing to two 1-1 draws against defending champions Zambia and Burkina Faso.
Keshi's side had to rely on two penalties against the Ethiopians, but the former player dismissed critics of the team, claiming that he was under no pressure from the Nigeria Football Association to progress through to the semifinals.
The two-time nations cup winners are up against formidable opponents in Ivory Coast, but Keshi was adamant that his outfit could be proud of their run in the tournament thus far and the slight underdogs would work towards putting up a solid performance on Sunday, despite many fans expecting a thumping by the Ivorians.