Kanu asks Nigerians to support Keshi

Stephen Okechukwu Keshi
Stephen Keshi

The former Eagles captain said the players did well against Kenya.

Former Super Eagles skipper, Kanu Nwankwo, has called on Nigerians to rally round the Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, and support him.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES after the Kenyan match in Calabar on Saturday, the former Arsenal and Portsmouth of England forward said the Eagles did not play badly against their opponent.

“The boys played well, they had a draw which is better than nothing and of course they are African champions. The pressure is on them but Nigerians want to beat Kenya 4 -0. It is football, anything can happen,” he said.

Kanu said the Super Eagles would qualify for the World Cup if the team continues to play well.

“The team can make it to the World Cup, we dominated the game and at the end they played a draw, if they have a good game plan, why not, they will make it to the world cup.

“Kenya played a defensive game and it will be difficult to open them, a striker can’t do more or less”

The former African footballer of the year asked Nigerians to support Coach Stephen Keshi on any decision he takes regarding players, particularly following the grumble by some fans after the substitution of Obafemi Martins.

“People will complain; from day one they did and he won the African Cup of Nations and complain isn’t a problem he’s the coach and that’s his decisions. We shouldn’t criticize all the time, we should support Coach Keshi, after all it’s a new team and it will take some time for them to gel together,” he said.

Kanu added that “Obafemi martins did well but the Kenyans played a defensive game.”

The Super Eagles played a draw on Saturday during the first leg qualifier against Kenya for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The return leg will be played in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, in June.

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