Keshi, Humbled By Confed Cup Exit, Promises Stronger Super Eagles

Super Eagles coach,Stephen Okechukwu Keshi
By SR Sports

Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, was a sober figure after the team lost 3-0 to Spain in its last group game on Sunday and thus crashed out of the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

SR Sports learned that the manager has already started a post mortem.  He is quoted as saying that despite the confidence he had expressed about suitable replacements for his injured players, it turned out that injuries actually determined the fate of the Super Eagles at the tournament.

“I can’t imagine that my top striker Emmanuel Emenike will miss some of the goals that we missed and even Ogenyi Onazi was sorely missed,” a source quoted him as saying, “Victor Moses would have ruined any team here and of course several other players that should have been here could not make it due to injuries. Among them, United States-based Bright Dike.”

Appealing to Nigerians to forgive the team for the less-than-average performance at the tournament, Keshi is looking forward to the World Cup, also in Brazil, in 2014. “We want to come back here next year and make an impact. This is a dress rehearsal and I can assure that the Super Eagles will be among the top nations when the Brazil 2014 World Cup starts.”

Keshi is further said to have spoken about “fresh options” for the national team when the team assembles for the final World Cup group qualifing match against Malawi in September, but did not specify what those options are.

On his next challenge, Keshi is preparing to work to ensure that Nigeria qualifies for the African Nations championships meant for players playing in local African leagues (CHAN).

“We would go back home take a few days rest and prepare for our CHAN qualifiers against Cote d’Ivoire in the coming days and hopefully we should be able to make it through,” he said.
 

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Your comment shows how empty

Your comment shows how empty minded and hollow your senile mind is. What has tribalism got to do with this? Where were u wen he won afcan with these players? Its fools bad cowards like u who inherited folly n stupidity of the highest order from your fathers that making this country bad n fraustrating the achievements of its noble sons and daughters..I guess from your tone that u ar a debased son of arewa! Tell me Egyptian monkey, which northern coach has taken us to glory at afcan or any other championship? Name ur brothers who ar playing well internationaly and pair them against these players and see how woefully they wld perform! Idiot...tell me who gave u mouth to speak wen enlightened minds comment! Northern coward! U only find your voice wen u ar in land!

Your comment shows how empty

Your comment shows how empty minded and hollow your senile mind is. What has tribalism got to do with rhi? Where were u wen he won afcan with these players? Its fools bad cowards like u who inherited folly n stupidity of the highest order from your fathers that making this country bad n fraustrating the achievements of its noble sons and daughters..I guess from your tone that u ar a debased son of awolowo! Tell me Egyptian monkey, which yoruba coach has taken us to glory at afcan or any other championship? Name ur brothers who ar playing well internationaly and pair them against these players and see how woefully they wld perform! Idiot...u for post your name! Yoruba coward! U only find your voice wen u ar in land!

Your comment shows how empty

Your comment shows how empty minded and hollow your senile mind is. What has tribalism got to do with rhi? Where were u wen he won afcan with these players? Its fools bad cowards like u who inherited folly n stupidity of the highest order from your fathers that making this country bad n fraustrating the achievements of its noble sons and daughters..I guess from your tone that u ar a debased son of awolowo! Tell me Egyptian monkey, which yoruba coach has taken us to glory at afcan or any other championship? Name ur brothers who ar playing well internationaly and pair them against these players and see how woefully they wld perform! Idiot...u for post your name! Yoruba coward! U only find your voice wen u ar in land!

Lol that's not true.just so

Lol that's not true.just so you know,musa and ideye were our worst performers and this football not politics so pls broda keep that federal character thing out of sports

Are Eagles not good enough to fly presidential jet?

I was just wondering why Eagles, our national team have to be subjected to cumbersome travel arrangement on their way to the tournament. Once Nigeria start to appreciate and respect its athletes, Athletes would start to put country first. Jonathan please make available one of your jets next time Eagles have to connect flights.

SS/SE Eagles failed

Keshi is a tribalist, and can never be a good coach for Nigeria.He is physically and intellectually out of form.
His pick of players from SS/SE tells a lot about him.
Keshi and his tribal jingoist godfathers at Aso Rock should know that their time is out.
When he knew that his Igbo/Delta boys have failed, he quickly brought in Gambo to safe his ugly face. But Gambo was under pressure, too late for the catastrophic coach.
The foolish coach saw how Musa played far better than his own tribe boys.
Keshi wants to tell Nigeria that our youths from North West, North Central South West and North East are no good materials for National Team. He is provindentially destined to fail !!! Ugly , big tommied Keshi.

The Super Eagles squad Keshi should have for the World Cup

As we continue to ask Keshi to beef up the national team squad in order to execute the 2014 World Cup fairly successfully, he only needs few experienced players to firm his squad. In the absence of injury, here is the squad that would go far in the 2014 World Cup.

The first eleven are;
Goal – Enyeama
Defence – Ambrose, Oboabona, Apam, Echiejile
Mid-Field – Joel Obi, Mikel, Kalu Uche
Forwards - Emenike, Odemwingie, Mose

Subs;
Goal – Ejide, Agbim
Defence – Omeruo, Egwuekwe, Yobo, Taiwo
Mid-field – Onazi, Mba, Ogude
Forwards – Musa, Eneramo, Oduamadi

Whatever injury there might be here, let us hope not, Keski can always fill the gap in the squad with his other nest good players. Nobody should contemplate recalling Nsofor to the squad. He is even worse than Ideye in front of goal. Odemwingie in his right mind is good as centre forward, left or right wing, even in attacking mid-field. Let us hope he has by now learnt his lessons.

BIAFRA FAILS AGAIN

I wonder why exponents of the sentimental fallacy that previous Eagle's success depended on sectional representation are silent on this expected outcome?

It is only fair to retort that if previous successes were Biafran borne, it would be logical to speculate that the failure stems from the same root.....though that would risk being described as fallacy as well.

The truth though is that the team was outclassed tactically and were not sufficiently prepared psychologically. It is possible that further exposure and technical development may yield better dividends for the Nigerian team.

Keshi, Humbled By Confed Cup Exit...

You (Keshi) did right to dispose of those pig-headed players who feel indispensible. Perhaps you should have done what Cameroon did to Argentina at the Italia90 world cup. Cameroonians used a tactic that outwitted the Argentines. They opted for an up tempo game and they won one nil even with two men sent off. If you need advice on how to further push football forward in Nigeria, Keshi, talk to Samuel Ogbemudia, the former military Governor of the Mid-West State. He’s a no nonsense man like you when it comes to sports organization. He’s a great thinker, a meticulous strategist and makes things happen. With him as the sports mimister, there will be no bonus snags. Good luck.

KESHI IS ON COURSE PLS.

Sincerely speaking, Keshi had put in his best so far. However, he need strikers that are up and doing at all time. Strikers that know where to place the ball even as it approaches not those that throw away ball even with an empty net. Pls, Keshi I give it to you for using the local players to achieved this so far. We all talked of experience, experience and yet we dont want Keshi to use local boys. Someone should then tell me where would they gathered the experience so talked about? Keshi Pls carry on the good job.

Cry baby cry

This was the team telling Nigerians,they've remained unbeaten in 17 matches. I bet you ,they know what a real match means now. Eagles hardly win any match by more than 1 goal margin,except for Tahiti,which lost by 10 goals to Spain and 8 to Uruguay but managed to score 1 against Nigeria,thou Nigeria won by 6 goals,it's a measure of low quality SE. I'm skeptical if SE will qualify for Brazil 2014.

Super Eagles

The boys performed very well in all the three matches. But the statistics that matters in football is the number of goals scored and not ball possession etc.. Understandably,they lost key players in the attack to injuries but obviously have to look into this area with a view to correcting the observed wasteful manner at which the attackers gave away golden opportunities at goal.

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So what are you saying then?

Terrible coaching? What do you suggest Keshi should have done then

He knew the quality of his subs which was probably why he didn't hurry to put them into the game.

Overall, from the start of the tournament the team was incomplete, relatively inexperienced, lacked good finishing, and then lost another 2 above average players (Oduamadi & Omeruo) to injury.

But, did you really expect another result against the european and world champions? Please leave Keshi alone, he helped us to see our team's potential while also exposing their deficiencies - that's good team building if you ask me. Even Guardiola couldn't perform any magic under those circumstances.

Wahala,zip it!

Wahala,pls restrict your comments to politics as you seem to know little to nothing about football.First,d half time break isnt enuf time to watch a half of football,and assuming u watch it in bits,can u post conclusive proof on SR that Keshi and his crew dont?Stop making daft assumptions.
Then,did u see the players on the bench?Who shld he have put in place of Ideye and Akpala?Ujah or Gambo(who eventually justified his non-inclusion in d first place).Keshi was trying out some promising players,something he wldnt do at d world cup proper.
In case ur unaware,Spain despite being reigning Euro champions at d time,were humbled out of d last Confederation Cup by over-performin USA,but came back d next year to win d world cup.I'm sure ppl like you would have called for Del Bosque's sack at d time due to "poor in-game changes".....meanwyl,give us your club contacts so we can invite u to our squad for our next qualifiers.Or is it Keshi's job u prefer?all these I-too-knows.mschewww....

Keshi cannot read game-in-progress ...he caused Eagles' failure

Keshi is more to blame than the Eagles. He, like every other indigenous coach the Eagles have had could not read on-going games and make sensible changes. Ideye should not have played beyond the first match against Tahiti for wasting all those chances. Keshi's fault. The Hammer Blunder was against Spain. Down two goals, he still waited until the last 15mns to begin making changes ...after the winning team had subbed two efficient players (Silva/Torres) into the game. Akpala & Ideye should have been left behind in the dressing room at half-time. And, when he finally moved his fat ass, his substitutes were worse than those he removed. Terrible coaching indeed. In the Bundesliga, players spend half-time watching video of the first-half with their coaches who point out mistakes. I doubt that Nigerian players even watch their blunders or do "video reviews" of previous matches ...Third World is Third World!

Keshi is on point!

Dele awogbeoba,u say we struggle to beat good teams....well,that is how it should be.Good teams are hard to beat.JSalvage,when last did you see Yobo play in defensive midfield?Did u not notice that West Brom benched Osaze virtually tru out last season.This is bcos he has become quite indisciplined and even if he wasnt,is sorely lackin match fitness.
Keshi went for regulars,not just big names...we shouldnt live in d past.Yes,experience is important,but when it comes at d price of indiscipline or troublemaking,then we shld do without it.Character is every bit as impt as competence and i'm glad Keshi is putting his foot down on wot d rules are and how they should be followed.
Our boys did well and wit more games together and injury returnees we'll impress at the world cup.

@Dele Awogbeoba

Dele,It is never good enough when Ndigbo is in charge.Obiviously, your hate for ndigbo will soon land you to an incurable sickness.You highly comment when other tribe is in charge.If you are a true nationalist as you claimed, then you have to comment against other tribe too Or you want to tell me that it is only Ndigbo who are not doing their work right ?
You trabalist man, do you give us something better than the shit you post everyday.You are not even ashame of your evil propagation.mind you that a fool at forty is a fool forever.

Positive Outlook

One positive revelation from the Nigeria-Spain game is that our players have shown an ability to create chances - and a lot of them, too - against the best side in the world. (For those who're unaware, Spain is the current European & world soccer champions.) Our next task is to hone finishing skills in front of goal.

With full complement of our more experienced strikers, fewer goal-scoring chances will go begging in future tourneys.

Kudos to the boys. They didn't disgrace.

INEXPERIENCE WAS MAIN CAUSE OF EXIT NOT INJURY

Yes,it may be true that the Super Eagles lost due to the absence of some key players but basically the whole squad is still young and inexperienced,they made some mistakes but their attacking play was quite commendable .
The players took time to settle and the more experienced teams noticed that the Eagles were vulnerable in the first ten mins. of the game.Another major issue was that they lacked the ability to finish and take advantage of the chances the create.

Keshi is not doing badly,he has however to introduce at least one experienced attacker to organise and bring more confidence to the finishing ability of the team,Keshi should forgive and bring back Peter Odemwingie for trials.

Up Eagles

Keshi & the team did well. I am proud of their efforts. This was not a lazy team at all.

We can build an unbeatable team.

I hope those that are always pulling the ethnic card will not start talking BS about Keshi and his team. Some players got a chance to prove their mettle and failed woefully e.g Akpala, Ideye and Babatunde. Truly we understand why players like Victor Moses and Emma Emenike are game changers. But I implore keshi to please swallow his pride and bring back players like Osaze, Ike Uche, Victor Anichebe and some other worthy players. We need 100% efficiency in all angles of the SE. Keshi knows who he needs but I understand that pride won't let him work with some of these guys. That is the one problem that all angles of governance in Nigeria has. Putting square pegs in round holes and favouritism/ godfatherism. The spanish side I saw our boys play could have been easily beaten if we had the right guys in the right spots. We have these guys. We know these guys. So what is the problem? The Nigerian way of doing things.

Have you learnt your lesson........

You were very lucky to win AFCON because you played sub-standard teams like mali, ethiopia and lucky to beat Cote d'ivoire. You have generally struggled to beat very good teams. Not every team is like Tahiti, ethipia, mali, Uganda and Kenya.

There are very good players coming through the under 20's. The only players you seem to mention are igbos. Dude you have a serious problem!

SE were not as good as we think when they won AFCON and not as bad as we think in the confederations cup but not as good as they can be if the best players were selected.

Clean up the oil spillages or chase the oil companies away NOW

If Bayelsa et al, no sell oil na where Nigeria go see money take pay players even if na $200 match bonus per win? Yet, oil spills in my village is not cleaned up by exxon mobil & chevron owned by brutish & espionage United States. Shell BP is worse. But when the spill was at gulf of mexico in the US, shell spent billions in cleaning it up & went ahead to pay billions in compensation.

...but amnesty & translucency international dont highlight these behaviours & juxtapose them with continent Nigeria spillages. Sad but expected. No wonder, the tri evils of Slavery, colonialism & aparthied, however undemocratic, were perpetuated by countries suposedly experts & proponents of "demon-crazy" - The chief espionage countries - US & UK.

As we have now identified Eagles’ weakness, what next? - 1

We must encourage Keshi to succeed farther with our national team, the Super Eagles, than he has so far achieved. As we have the players in all the departments, all we need to do is to ensure that the best of the lot represent us in the first eleven and the squad of 23players.

The primary duty of the national coach or manager is to manage the best of the national players irrespective of the awkward behaviour of some of them. The national manager does not need or force to cohabit with any player outside the national football assignment. A professional footballer playing at top level would not want to misbehave publicly to the disgrace of himself, his Club, family and country. These are the constraints of any player.

This is not a personal issue, especially for the manager. The personal issue here for the manager is to see that the player does his best for the team, country and matches are won. Thereafter, everyone goes his own way until the next assignment.

As we have now identified Eagles’ weakness, what next? - 2

Let us hope that those players that are currently resting with injury would be fit. But to strength the current Super Eagles squad and have the right back up for injury, especially for the 2014 World Cup, Keshi should include Yobo, Odemwingie, Eneramo, and Ike in his squad. Those that are currently in the squad in the place of these players who are not up to them should be dropped.

Yobo may no longer be a versatile defender but he is very much useful as a defensive or holding mid-field while Odemwingie and Eneramo are still very much on top of their game. Keshi can use them only when the occasion demands. Moreover, Experience matters at the world tournament.

Most importantly, we must look after our players spiritually. This would not play the game for us outside our skill. But it is for protection mainly from bad-luck and injury. This is generally the job of the Government of the day and NFF. Many countries do this for their teams. It is never talked about publicly.

As we have now identified Eagles’ weakness, what next? - 3

Everyone should know that Spain that is currently reigning as the world champion and No1, for many years despite their good players won nothing and was always eliminated even before a tournament started. They eventually traced this to some bad-luck etc. and mainly from their own home. They went about to doing something about it.

Today the Spanish players, as individuals, are not among the best in the world but only generally above average like many others. When they are on national assignment and world tournament they become the team to beat. Look the first goal they scored against us in the last encounter. In front of the goal, the ball bounced off our defender to the very path of a Spaniard just to toe into our net.

This was bad-luck on our side and good-luck on the Spaniard. This is not withstanding the unnecessary injury our players sustained. This has always been the way many African good teams lose out at the world tournaments.

Keshi and his boys were not

Keshi and his boys were not disgraced. They played a balanced game against Uruguay and spain even with bulk of local players. Lets hope Emenike, Onazi, Moses, Uche Brothers will be in good form for the world cup.

they now have excuses for

they now have excuses for Keshi!Humbled in what sense? Give the job back to Sia sia ojare! This is how APC will run the country aground and then give us fake reasons for their failures.

He is trying his best

Keshi is trying his best

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