CHAN 2014: Eagles still work in progress – Keshi

Stephen Keshi
Late Stephen Keshi

The Super Eagles won the match against South Africa.

Despite the Super Eagles good display against Bafana Bafana in their final group game on Sunday night, the Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has said the team is still a work in progress.

He said he was happy that the team finally played according to his instructions.

“The magic was that we simply asked the boys to go out there and play their game without pressure, enjoy your game and be yourself and I think they got that right perfectly against a very difficult opponent,” Keshi said.

In reaction to criticisms against his first choice goalkeeper and captain, Chigozie Agbim, the coach said “no one is perfect but we have to work on our imperfections to reach our goals”.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles will take no break as they continue preparations for their quarter final game on Saturday in Cape Town.

The team will train at 4 p.m. Nigerian time.

On his part, the South African Coach, Gordon Igesund, praised the physicality of the Super Eagles in their victory over the Bafana Bafana.

“We have no excuses to give here, we simply lost to a better team and we don’t deserve to win today. I must congratulate Stephen Keshi and his team”, the coach said.

He also said he expects the South African Football Association (SAFA), to allow him continue in his post because the team has grown under him. Reeling out statistics, Igesund said under him the team has played 28 matches and scored 40 goals against some of the best national teams in the world including a defeat of reigning world champions Spain.

“I am happy with these results and I hope I am allowed to continue to do my job with SAFA”, he said.


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