Ikhana Backs Keshi, Eagles

Ikhana Backs Keshi, Eagles

–Enyimba coach throws weight behind Keshi’s boys

Coach Kadiri Ikhana has said that Super Eagles goalless draw with Bafana Bafana of South Africa last Wednesday will not affect their chances of qualifying for the 2015 AFCON finals in Morocco.


The Enyimba of Aba coach who won the Nations Cup in 1980 with then Green Eagles told Complete Sports moments after the game in which Nigerians felt disappointed with the result having anticipated a win stressed that the team’s chances of upstaging leaders, Congo and South Africa is still bright.

“No, no, no, I won’t say it’s the end of the road for the Eagles, instead I will say their chances are still very bright, they will qualify, I’m sure of that”, the 2003 CAF Coach of the Year enthused.


“What the team needs to do now is to win their next home game and expect ‘surprise’ from the Congo/South Africa game and once that happens, and we win all our remaining games, then it will be Morocco here we come.”

Ikhana did not exonerate the crisis in the NFF from the disappointing results the Super Eagles have harvested in recent times but stressed that with ‘peace beginning to come to the football house’, things will take a better shape.

“Technically, I think what went wrong with the team against South Africa was the fact the home team was coming from the psychology of an away win and are playing at home.

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  • SoccerInNigeria 7 years ago

    I have spent a long time looking and reading multiple Nigerian Football Websites. Many Nigeria coaches, current players and ex-players have commented on Nigeria’s poor performances Vs Congo and South Africa. Most if not all of these comments lack a few things:
    1) A proper analysis of the tactics that Keshi used during these games.
    2) Identifying what went wrong from a footballing and tactical point of view.
    3) How did Keshi respond to the tactical maneuvers of the opposition.
    4) What can be done and changed from a tactical point of view in future matches, and who are the players best suited to implement and execute these tactical changes in future matches.

    What this has now turned into is a sentimental camp who are backing Keshi on one side and the camp who want Keshi to go on the other side. The questions we should ask ourselves in Nigeria is based on the evidence of Nigeria’s football performance in the last 10-15 games is Keshi implementing and mentoring the players to play and win with the right footballing Philosophy and tactics. Keshi has had a very long time to teach his footballing philosophy and tactics to these group of players, so building a team cannot be used as an excuse anymore.

    Players and Coaches saying we are going to qualify or we will win our remaining matches without even identifying what the problems are is shocking and very suprising. This kinda stuff does not happen in Europe and in the successful football nations like Brazil and Argentina. Even the United States and Uruguay when they lose the football experts are quick to indentify the problems that lead to the loss and educate the public.