CHAN: Keshi targets second win over CIV
As the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) hosts up on Saturday in Kaduna, Super Eagles Head Coach Stephen Keshi is targeting a second victory over Cote d’ Ivoire to boost players’ confidence ahead of other crucial games.
Though the Ivorien coach Saraka Norbet has boasted of his team’s readiness to battle Super Eagles to a stand still for a ticket to South Africa.
Super Eagles defeated the Elephants of Cote d’ Ivoire 2-1 to cruise into the semi-final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations held in South Africa in January.
Keshi told reporters on arrival in Kaduna on Wednesday that a second decisive victory over Cote d’Ivoire would be highly desirable.
“We’ve beaten them once this year, a second time would be fantastic and would really boost confidence of these players ahead of other crucial games.”
“We know them better. The players are healthy and ready to go, just a win, high goal margin would be too good, but lets first win modestly and qualify,” Keshi said.
However, Norbert is confident his side would be up to the task of beating the Super Eagles on Saturday in Kaduna.
“We are here to get the slot for the 2014 Africa Championship in South Africa and Nigeria will not stop us.”
Norbet said there was nothing to fear about the Super Eagles as it would be 11 men apiece.
“It will be 11 Ivoiriens facing 11 Nigerians, anything short of that will be a disorder. Nigeria has always been a tough side to face either with home-based or Europe-based players. We are going to give our best.”
The Ivorien team will train at the Sir Ahmadu Bello Stadium tuff in Kaduna on Friday morning and evening.