Nov1. (PREMIUM TIMES) – Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, after his landmark success two weeks ago in Calabar, spoke to PREMIUM TIMES about the nations cup qualifying matches.
Nigeria has missed out on two previous editions.
The team and the records
Stephen Keshi: “If the Nigerian team is not good we wouldn’t have been in the cup of nations. I don’t work with records every game is different every game has its own series, my thing is just to concentrate on my game and give everything I have”.
Stephen Keshi: “We will begin our camping again here with the home based players that means we don’t have Christmas because the time is short, the professionals will meet us in camp by the end of December, we only have 10-15 days to work the chemistry and build the unity to do well in cup of nations”.
Training schedule for African Cup of Nations
Stephen Keshi: “10-15 days is enough and in between, there will be friendly matches which will make it better”. It is getting to a stage where we have to build chemistry, I have gotten to a stage where I need 3 to 4 players that can bring something tangible to the team focus on the boys, with the numbers of days we have now something good will happen”
….On his official car and house
“it is up to the NFF to decide when to give me a car and a house my biggest target is my team, the joy that Nigeria experienced when we qualify. That is what I’ve been looking for. If car or house if it comes so be it but now I want to put joy and happiness in Nigerians. I have seen cars and houses, it is not a big deal we have to play our professional games’
His plans to invite new players
“if I want to bring a player that hasn’t played under me before that player has to be an outstanding player like Martins (Obafemi Martins). If he’s a joker player I will not bring him in but I will rather stay with the players who have played with me before day in day out and play very well. But if I have a player that’s extremely good is it not for Nigerian team I will go for the best.
Relationship with Nigeria Football Federation
“The NFF has been giving me so much support all the while and I want to believe that it will not stop now that we just qualified. I wanna believe it will be on top of the agenda. There’s no other thing that should be on NFF’s agenda other than the nations cup. We can do better in AFCON”.