Keshi eyes improved S’Eagles for CHAN

Keshi eyes improved S’Eagles for CHAN

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi plans to field a better squad for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) next January than the one that picked the ticket for the tourney at the weekend.

Speaking in Lagos on Sunday after the team returned to the country, Keshi admitted that the team needed more work before it could be in the shape to produce good result in South Africa in January.

“We thank God we qualified, that is the most important thing. Let’s see what happens (at CHAN), we just have to be prepared. There is a lot of work to be done on the team but we will see how it goes.

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“We will see some changes of course, bring in some new players and then take it from there,” the coach said.

Keshi’s decision is informed by the fact that some of his players, particularly Sunday Mba and Godfrey Oboabona might have moved out of the country by January and will be ineligible for the championship.

Meanwhile, Heartland defender Benjamin Francis, who was part of the team to Abidjan, has confirmed that Eagles lost because the players initially panicked. This, he admitted was why the team conceded two goals in 25 minutes. 

He revealed that it was Keshi’s words of encouragement that gingered up the team for action in the second half.

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“We were not surprised at what we faced in Abidjan because before we left here, the coach had warned us that the match would not be easy. But everyone panicked because of the early goal and the conceding of the second without settling down.

“But when we went into the dressing room, the ‘Big Boss’ talked to us and gingered us and so when we came out for the second half, everyone was on fire. We became cautious and mindful of our positions. 

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