AfCON 2013: The Only Pressure I’m Under, Is From Me– Keshi

Super Eagles Head
Coach Stephen Keshi
has said he is willing to
take a chance on
players from the
Nigeria league at the
AFCON because it is
worth it.
Keshi, who came under
fire from some
quarters for picking six players from the NPL for this year’s
AFCON, a radical departure from the 2008 and 2010
tournaments when no player from the domestic league made
the final squad, declared, “Football is a game of risks. At the
1990 Nations Cup when the likes of Daniel Amokachi came in,
about 80% of the players were from the local league. It’s a
risk worth taking.”
Goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, defenders Godfrey Oboabona,
Azubuike Egwuekwe, midfielder Gabriel Reuben as well as
forwards Sunday Mba and Ejike Uzoenyi are the
professionals who ply their football in the local league and
have made the final cut for the competition holding in South
The big boss will however not promise Nigeria a third Nations
Cup trophy but said the team are confident and will give their
“I don’t want to promise Nigerians anything, I am not going to
give any assurance but I will do my best with the team in
South Africa,” he said.
“The level of discipline is great, good atmosphere. I hope the
confidence will be sustained at the AFCON. If there is any
pressure on me to perform at the Nations Cup, it is pressure
from me not from any other quarters. We are not under any
pressure to win

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