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Stephen Keshi claims he did not panic when Nigeria were three goals down

Published on: 27 January 2014

Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi, on Saturday said he did not panic when his team was down 0-3 against Morocco in a quarter-final encounter of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Keshi told newsmen in a post-match conference that he charged the boys to show the stuff they were made of in the second half of the pulsating encounter.

“I told them that in the second half I will want to see a different character, the type of character we brought against Bafana Bafana.

“So, they took on from there, and for now, we are not going home.

“There was one thing going for us, and we capitalised on it; we knew the Moroccans were good when they were with the ball, and poor when they were not with the ball.

“We began to use our strength to exploit the weakness of the Moroccans, and inflicted whatever damage we could inflict on them.

“That was how the match was won, ’’Keshi said.

In the same vein, Chigozie Agbim, the Captain and the goalkeeper of the Nigerian team, said that that, in spite the uphill task ahead of the team, he was calm.

“I told my teammates at halftime that we were not playing our usual game, and that we needed to step up our game to stand a chance of winning the match.

“At the resumption of the second half, we played differently, and God helped us to win the match.

“I want to thank all Nigerians for their support for the team,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Super Eagles literally snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the Cape Town Stadium.

The Atlas Lions of Morocco stunned the Eagles in the 36th, 39th  and 41st minutes in a match that could be described as one with two halves.

“The Eagles had to reduce the scores and eventually scored the equalising goal at the 90thminute.

The goal resulted from the mercurial display of Ejike Uzoenyi and Abubakar Ibrahim of Nasarawa United FC in the 110th minute of the match. (NAN)


  • Robb says:
    January 27, 2014 04:02 pm
    Stephen Keshi has never defeated Ghana as a player and as a coach. As a coach, he lost his job with Mali after Ghana defeated them in Bamako. As a coach of Togo, Keshi was sacked by Togo after Ghana defeated his Togolese side. As a player, Keshi led Nigeria team lost 2 goals to 1 to Abedi Pele led Balck Stars team during the semi-finals of AFCON 1992 in Senegal. Hopefully he is not sacked after Wednesday when Ghana team cause Nigerians to cry .
  • lalasu says:
    January 27, 2014 02:13 pm
    he should make mouth mouth, he will meet Ghana
  • John says:
    January 27, 2014 03:37 pm
    When they meet Ghana on Wednesday they should allow Ghana to also score five goals and see whether if they can come back the way the Moroccans did.He will be forced to take asylum in Kwazululand.
  • bawah says:
    January 27, 2014 03:43 pm
  • Ken says:
    January 27, 2014 03:49 pm
    @ John you are right. Keshi is just lying, Nigerians were just lucky. Let them try that against Ghana. I think it's time for Keshi to be humbled, he has been bragging too much.
  • apiangalege says:
    January 27, 2014 04:12 pm
    Let's wait and see what the outcome will be not all these talk tok Ghanaians are known for.All I know is Nigeria will emerge Champions once again,so anyone who is standing on our way will settle for crumbs
  • spellBOUND says:
    January 27, 2014 04:24 pm
    he did not panic because he had already given up. ur not fooling anyone keshi.
  • naijanugz says:
    January 28, 2014 03:14 am
    You Ghanaians love to talk. I respect your main team. But these CHAN boys are definitely not as good. You brag about your defense but no matter how much you hate Nigeria you will admit that you've not met an attack as good as theirs since the tournament began. Humble yourselves. It's fifty fifty. May the best team win.