Nigeria lost 4-1 to Ghana in the semi-final.
The coach of the Black Stars of Ghana, Maxwell Konadu, said Super Eagles’ coach, Stephen Keshi, was still the best coach in Africa in spite of Ghana’s 4-1 defeat of Nigeria on penalties in the African Nations Championship, CHAN, semi-final match.
With the defeat, Ghana would now meet Libya which qualified at the expense of Zimbabwe while Nigeria would have to fight for the third place with Zimbabwe.
Konadu said on Thursday in Bloemfontein, South Africa, that Keshi had achieved a good record of nurturing local players and exposing them to international match situations.
“I do not think this game will change his status in Africa. I know Nigerians are behind him. They all respect him and what he has done with the local team. We know how African football is and I had said that he (Keshi) is the kind of man we need in African football. We all follow his steps and we are all learning from him as well. This is just but one match, I do not think, the outcome has changed his status,” he said.
Keshi said that his players did very well, in spite of losing to Ghana in the semifinals.
“This team has only been together for about six weeks. I am beginning to fall in love with them. And I know if I stay six months with them, they will become what I want them to be. I salute them for what they did for Nigeria and for themselves. They have been able to express themselves,” he said.