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Keshi: My Eagles Were Nervous

Keshi: My Eagles Were Nervous

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has criticised his players for being “nervous and unsettled” in their FIFA World Cup opener against Iran.

The Africa Cup of Nations champions failed to make their possession count as they came up against a disciplined Iranian defence, with the match ending goalless.


And Keshi believes his players were not in the right frame of mind as their hopes of reaching the second round were dealt a significant blow.

“The boys were too nervous and unsettled,” Keshi told Optima Live. “You don’t do that at this stage.

“It happens in football. We really didn’t perform as expected but we have to move on.

“I wanted a win but must take a draw. We must do better to get a win against Bosnia.”

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Nigeria face Bosnia and Herzegovina in their next Group F fixture on Saturday.

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  • /////////Nigeria definitely appointed wrong coach, let us forget about the African nation cup they just mistakenly be the favorite winner. Nigeria have to sack Keshi after this world cup trophy. He is a failure to our football teams. Because there was no interesting movement and motivation appearance. Neither they are hunger to scored goals. Secondly over promising when they are not through with their job is always making them dull. Keshi need cussion and warning to sack.

    • cameo. 8 years ago

      your english sucks. you should worry more about yourself. maybe ur wife should send sack u for poor english.

    • Ndubuisi, you don’t really no what you are saying; let me tell u that among the best world coach, before mentioning 1,2,3 keshi name must be among. Most of you that are blaiming coach or players; do you think their opponent are sleeping; did you actually know what world cup means? The super eggle really tried for there game against iran iether u like it or not. If they sack keshi nigeria will never again appear neither nation cup or world. This coming saturday nigeria shall be victorious and every body will change there mind and praise super Eggle.

  • Dav Koz 8 years ago

    Pls stop those excuses now, Why won`t they be nervous when you went to a big stage tournament like this with whole lots of inexperience players at the detriment of the Nation, apart from Emenike, tell me who can replace him in case of injury in that team, they told you to bury individual differences with the like of Ike Uche, Matins, Taiwo but you refuse and this is costing us heart break.

    you instead went with players who hardly play even in their small clubs or were sack due to poor performance. etc. I beg no excuse is tolerated here either qualify or be disqualify from your job.

    I personally is tired of this your arrogance attitude. Mario Balloteli with his rude nature, the coach still took him along bcos he knows he needs him and not his rudeness. but jut bcos one player says him mind you will leave him behind at the detriment of our Nation.

    I just pray we qualify from here if not, the whole world we know that we were only lucky in the nations cup.

    God bless Nigeria.

  • staniselous ifeanyi Anthonies 8 years ago

    NFF should pay keshi off nd sack him…….Cox he’s playing with de emotions of Football die hard country like Nigeria…….I remembered when he was asked by his Employers (NFF) about his world list,,he said dat his final world list,,is de best dat we had……Question(1) is Ramon Azeez & Ahmed Musa de best Nigerians in dere respective wings??,,,,Question(2) is why should he bench Osaze,Ameobi nd start Azeez nd Musa ahead of dis two fanastic players???,,,,Question(3) is why should he remove our best attacker in de match between Nigeria V Iran??,,was he mad or drunk while making dat kind of mistake dat cost us our first 3points now….

  • Ojo Olusegun 8 years ago

    we pray winning against Bosnia. may God help us

  • tayo akinbade 8 years ago

    Keshi should b supported and not crucified. All hopes are not lost. Let the Super Eagles put the match behind them and triumph over Bosnia. They very beatable

  • Femi USA 8 years ago

    Every one has right to his or her opinion. As long as the comments above pointed out some basic facts about the Super Eagle appearance in the 2014 World Cup, you are all good Nigerians.
    I strongly support the fact that the World Cup is a place to to build a team. Rather, it is a place to showcase the built team.
    The errors the coach must have made should not be melted on his one-man-show decision. There are lots to be crucified too. Apart from the coach, there are several stakeholders in the affairs of the Super Eagle. They should be crucified too if the coach made wrong choice and they couldn’t correct him.
    In the campaign for sacking the coach, this idea should be discouraged. How many times have Nigerians sacked their failed President, Governors, Chairmen, Senators, or any House Rep. members? Why is it only coach should be sacked?

    How many of you are using generator to follow up the match currently, what has your government do to amend this situation? Are you happy to continue to be in darkness everyday and forever? Non of those who are in charge of the Nigeria governance is qualify to sack Keshi right now until they themselves do the right things for the Nigerians.