The Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has said that the technical crew will not take excuses from the players if they fail to qualify for the knock-out stage of the ongoing Nations Cup in South Africa.
Keshi also said the Nigeria Football Federation and Nigerians would not take any excuses as the team has the potentials to be champions of the tourney, a statement by the Eagles media officer, Ben Alaiya, stated.
Addressing the players at the team’s evening training in Rustenberg on Sunday evening, Keshi said the team may have been hard done by some officials, but they should learn to finish games well and with wide margins before such calls are made.
“We should win our matches before bad calls are made so that those who know next to nothing about football will not become our overnight technical advisers,” he said.
He restated his confidence in the abilities of his 23-man squad to do Nigeria proud at the tournament, adding that the Super Eagles have a rich tradition in the Nations Cup that must be sustained and improved upon by the present squad.
On news making the rounds that he is at loggerheads with the Nigeria Football Federation and even threatened to resign his appointment, Keshi said there was nothing like that; otherwise he will not be in camp with the team.
“Maybe some people just want to create sensation in the media because the team has not started winning games, but the same people will sing our praises when we hit our rhythm”, he said.
The NFF had also said it would not tolerate anything but qualification from the Eagles as it did everything necessary to ensure that the team does well.
The Super Eagles will play against Ethiopia in their last group game of the Nations Cup; and require a victory to be sure of qualification.
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