Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has heaped praise on his Ghanaian conquerors insisting the Black Stars deserved to win their semi-final clash at the African Nations Championship (CHAN).
The Local Black Stars defeated their arch rivals CHAN Eagles 4-1 on penalties on Wednesday night to reach the final of the tournament.
Ghana will now play Libya in Saturday's final and KeshiÂ was gracious enough to give credit to his conquerors.
â€œCongratulations to Ghana for qualifying for the final. In a game of two competent sides it is always difficult to emerge winners unfortunately tonight it is Ghana who goes through,â€ Keshi said.
â€œThe better side won tonight although there wasnâ€™t much to choose between the two sides, apart from minor differences and some important saves made in the match.â€
Keshi also paid tribute to his players, saying he had identified done to join his World Cup squad, but declined to mention names.
â€œAll in all l feel these boys have had a good CHAN tournament and there are some among them who we have noted for World Cup but for now we will reveal their names.â€
Nigeria will take on Zimbabwe, who also lost on penalties to Libya, in the third place playoff.