Thursday, April 24, 2014

Blame Eagles not Enyeama for Liberia draw – Keshi

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Super Eagles Coach Keshi says the whole team must take the blame for the draw with the Lone Stars of Liberia.

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has said all the players who played against Liberia are to blame for the 2-2 draw and not just the goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama.

Coach Keshi said he’s not too happy with news making the rounds that he quarreled with his first choice goalie in Monrovia over the uninspiring outcome.

“There was nothing like that and if there is anybody to be blamed, it’s the team, not an individual,” Keshi declared

Speaking from Abuja, Keshi declared that the national team performance cannot and must not be placed at the doorstep of a single individual like Enyeama, even as he assured that he would produce a new national team that Nigerians at all levels will be proud of.

“We will score goals aplenty, but I understand the apprehension of Nigerians, and what I have always asked for is patience, I need lots of it to succeed,” he said.

The former national team skipper of the famed Tunisia 1994 squad was speaking against the backdrop of news making the rounds that he has chosen to blame individuals rather than the team for the failure to win in Monrovia.

“I never at any moment said that Enyeama, who remains our first choice keeper caused us the draw in Liberia and in fact I think that he is one of the best in the world but at times like these passion rules over reason,” Ben Alaiya, Super Eagles Media Officer, quoted Keshi as saying.

He also assured that he was at the point of releasing the team list that will help Nigerian fight well against Liberia in Calabar early enough so that those players, who might not be ready for the October 13 duel, will let him know on time, insisting that there will be no compromise about arrival in camp.

“The list of invited players will be made public early enough and we are assured that we will not only win but win well and plead with Nigerians, including enemies of the team, for support,” he said.

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