Eagles don’t need dollars to beat Liberia –Keshi

Stephen Okechukwu Keshi
Stephen Keshi

The Eagles are hungry to participate in the Nations cup and that is enough motivation to beat the Liberians, Keshi says.

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has reacted to news making the rounds that Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has promised the Lone Stars a lot of money if they defeat Nigeria in Calabar, during the final qualifier for the Nations Cup 2013.

Speaking in Abuja during the weekly media parley, Keshi said Ms. Sirleaf’s promise may be good motivation for the Liberians, but the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, the Nigerian government and people are already motivating the Super Eagles to win.

“We sure need money for the players and officials but that is not the motivation now, the need to return to the Nations Cup is the driving force and the players are angry that they missed out the last time and want to prove that they have returned to be among Africa’s best. Money will surely come later,” he said.

He also said the team will be delighted to see President Goodluck Jonathan in Calabar for the game and that will boost the team spirit against the Lone Stars.

Keshi pleaded for support from the media, government and the Nigerian people, saying it will help team composure.

“In Calabar, even when we don’t score early they keep cheering, believing that the goals will come, same thing happens in Kaduna, we must tell Nigerians, particularly the media to spread the news that we want that type of spirit not only to qualify but to do well at the Nations Cup,” Keshi said.

The Super Eagles coach revealed that some players based in Europe have pleaded with him to let them arrive in the country on Tuesday and he granted their request.


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