Keshi: Eagles are ready

Posted: 15 January 2013 Time: 06:55 am

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is confident his squad are prepared for the Nations Cup as they prepare to play their final tune-up game on Tuesday.

Nigeria play Portuguese Second Division club Farense in the last game of their preparations.

Despite heading to South Africa with 17 debutants, the Super Eagles go into the tournament as one of the favourites, and Keshi has reinforced that belief.

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"The team on ground is well prepared for action at the 2013 Nations Cup and again I urge Nigerians to line up behind the team in a bid to bring greater glory to the country at the tourney," Keshi said, according to Media Officer Ben Alaiya.

The game kicks of at 3:30pm Nigeria time. The Eagles followed up their 0-0 draw against Cape Verde with a 1-0 victory over Dutch first division club Sparta Rotterdam.

Article by: Colin Udoh

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Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 07:19am 15/01/2013
Oops! I suppose they are ready to be out. I can't wait to c Bafana Bafana crowned as African champions on de 10th of feb while amakhosi be crowned as PSL champs in May.

K4L : let's hear
Doycino
posted: 07:43am 15/01/2013
the so called Green Egales will be short in the sky by the copper bullets chipolopolo watch out steven keshi
Azeebi
posted: 08:21am 15/01/2013
I am yet to understand why South African hates Nigerian team, yet I can't see the combination of all Southern African Nations matching Nigeria Football prowess in the next twenty years.
The only bask on age cheat as excuse for Nigerian success with absence of scientific facts:
Jonathan Okpoborie played for Nigerian Under 17 that won gold in China 85, he played top fly football in Europe for 22years, all the young stars picked from Nigeria except few had lasted in top fly football for more than an average of 15years.
Give me one south African player that had lasted ten years in top fly football...
Blackman problem is shown evrywhere in South African where sadism remained the root of criticism...
Led the nations cup begins, no need for this noise from people who can only fixed Mandela Challenge Cup Match to record their only ever one 1 - 0 victory against Nigeria in almost ten meetings...
KhosiNation aka Mampodi
posted: 09:30am 15/01/2013
@Azeebi u just demostrated why u think we hate u guys comments before u a passionate south african sayin his country wiill win it second a zambian suggesting that you guys must watch out for them nothin wron nd then u insulting the peaceful nation. Some of us africans have leaved with your fellow country men here in mzanzi no problems clearly the problem is your arrogance.

May I educate you look at all the world cup winners let say from 1986 they got something in common their domestic leagues are very competitive besides havin being coached by local coaches they believe in themselves. Let's look at you nd most african countries one thing they have in common they believe anything from their country is not good enough for them it must be from europe to be good.

That brings me to my question have you ever seen someone who does not believe in himself achieving big things. Let's look at spain they underachieved for decades look at them now is it because of players playing in germany or england?

I can bet with u with my lovely girl Motlalepule if Keshi does not win AFCON he will be fired nd a foreign coach will be appointed yeh because of the world cup because u guys dnt believe in yourselves. For the record we as south africans request some respect when u guys r in our country if you can't handle the heat get the hell out of the kitchen
stan12
posted: 09:56am 15/01/2013
Nonsense is what ur talking, do u know how many south Africans is here in Nigeria if government can say let south African get a hell out of our country here, and Nigerians there must come back here to marry our beautiful angels here, instead of wasting time with uncircumcised beeches... they don't even know God shame...
candyman
posted: 10:13am 15/01/2013
I hope naija or ghana win the cup...it wud be great for fellow africans to win it instead of these overated european coaches who are paid huge salaries and deliver nothing @ the end.....my coach gordon has no chance coz in sa we dont have da players with all da players and support naija have no excuse
KhosiNation aka Mampodi
posted: 10:18am 15/01/2013
I like this dialogoues with nigerians like its like um doing good for a change cause clearly some of you guysbehave like people who have been abused in their childhood. Please dnt bring god into this cause your actions dnt show any signs of respect for the almighty.

Wud like to wish your team my country nd the other 14 teams gud luck. May the best team win
ML.Zwane
posted: 10:34am 15/01/2013
Time to regain confidence of your countrymen Mr. Keshi. I hear cries about the exclusion of Bright Dike maybe you can prove the critics wrong.

When the kick-off whistle is blown the moment of truth will dawn upon all countries participating in this year's edition of Afcon. Halala Super Eagles Halala. Time to rekindle your former glory and I will be rallying behind Bafana Bafana because I have to support it by defaulft because it is my country though the performance is lacklustre but my money is on DRC to win this competition. Tresor Mputu and Mbokani will destroy many.
stan12
posted: 10:37am 15/01/2013
Aah that is the only way to help bring ur country up and support them than to criticize other countries every thing Nigeria's this Nigeria's that Nigeria's ar we the only country in Africa??? live us alone we use what we have to get what we need....
Wud also like to wish your team my country nd the other 14 teams gud luck. May the best team win...
KhosiNation aka Mampodi
posted: 10:57am 15/01/2013
@stan thanx just thought u shud know I have respect for nija.

Unfortunately also have to put my full weight behind my country. Educate your fellow country men u guys r one of the very few african countries that can win the world cup.

That nija u23 that lost 1 0 to argentina in the 2008 olympic final from that di maria goal was destined for great things I c your u20 is also comin up nicely. U guys must ensure proper graduation of those flying eagles just thought I shud let u know.

We advise you to come in numbers to witness nd support your team on what is promising to be the greatest AFCON finals of all times. Once again I thank
Good luck
posted: 11:49am 15/01/2013
South African knows that Nigeria team can beat them home and away so that is why they are praying for the fall of Nigeria team so that they will not meet us because they knows we will surely beat them silling, that is the case. Naija forever!
Good luck
posted: 11:52am 15/01/2013
Please our dear Super Eagles should beware of SA Girls when reach South Africa becauce of HIV/POSITIVE .
atosandy
posted: 11:53am 15/01/2013
@People_Lie i like what u said about Nigerians not believing in themselves. It is not just a Nigeria probs, is all Africa probs, South Africa inclusive. Why people are criticizing Keshi is bc of home lads he is using for this nations cup. They ve been using foreign base for a long time without achieving anything, but they ll not learn. Here in Nigeria, if u tell any one that u supporting any local team they ll be laughing at u. It is only in this part of the world that people want food to be serve on their tables without contributing to it.
Tokslex
posted: 12:27pm 15/01/2013
Why all against nigeria, is nigeria the only opponent to all other opponents?
candyman
posted: 12:32pm 15/01/2013
@goodluck ppl must take care of themselves anywhere in the world...aids is everywhere ...thats a rather shallow statement to make though coz if there is violence in kanu or kaduna that does not mean naija is a warzone so plz piss off with your generalising statement here we talking football here...thank God u the only idiot in naija....as the saying goes any village has its idiot
luise-hero
posted: 01:43pm 15/01/2013
must i always answer all this virus south-african beast human outdated soul ,,stick like cancer ,on net
are they African or what
i open my lap to no what is happening in African football only to see huge of baggage comment from all this stupid irritated south Africans even the name tell you they have no country SOUTH-AFRIIX AFRICAN what a name nonsense feeling furious among good nations bad eggs
KhosiNation aka Mampodi
posted: 02:33pm 15/01/2013
@atosandy I can't agree more south africa is a very gud example. There is nothing wrong with players fullfiling their dreams in europe, but we should not undermine our leaques. In fact we should build our leaques not to develop talent for overseas teams but for ourselves. I used to admire the egyptians nd they achieved a lot with their self believe its a pity they missed out on the world cup. Its actually sad thatwe taking we know there is a problem with our countries but we dnt employ de right strategies to adress them.

Our federations are also to blame. Agents are even worse nd it seems africa is their happy hunting ground. Look @ neymar the brazillian if he was african I.bet you he could have joined a european leaque long time ago
I must admit nigeria got talent asto why it was strugglin it puzzels me. As for SA I think harsh lessons were learnt um keeping my fingers crossed for better returns in de future
Sebastian Veron
posted: 02:40pm 15/01/2013
@Azeebi; stan12
i'm dissappointed in your comments, i'm a South African who's been a soccer addict for a while, i grew up loving the super eagles of Nigeria most especially during the time of West, Okpara, Babangida, Lawal, Okocha, Finidi George, Sunday Iliseh (my personal fav), Jay-jay Okocha, Emunike i can count till next week,

during that era Nigerians and the national team member were very grounded hence the world loved them,
now people like yourself come and insult South Africans and stan12 go as far as saying we dont know God is just uncalled for,

for the record, i will watch all the Nigerian games on this AFCON because i always had a soft for this green and white team,

So please stop with the insults and focus on the issue at hand which is football !!!

dankie!!!!
KhosiNation aka Mampodi
posted: 02:47pm 15/01/2013
As to all nigerians who got problems with our peacefull nation want to let them know, insultin us is not gonna make u a better person. In case u haven't noticed the are people who just like provoking other people u must just learn to ignore them. Like someone maybe said this south africans are scared they might be some truth in it, u might be supprized to learn that they actualy like your country. I must admit a lot has happened in SA since the early days of queen elizabeth people are still hurt dnt say I did not warn u.
Game147
posted: 04:07pm 15/01/2013
Why do Africans hate themselves ????????
gbolahanjames
posted: 04:11pm 15/01/2013
Nigeria will now or never, we must win it or loose it for good but we gonna hold it cos the trophy belongs to us.
Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 04:38pm 15/01/2013
@Game 147:

Why do Africans hate themselves ????????.
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I am equally confounded by that too. The hate is so deepened that you begin to wonder if it is in their DNA. Check out a few of these instances and you can add more as we continue to rummage through this syndrome. There was this pogrom that took place in northern Nigeria and spread through most of the west and parts of the mid-west prior to the Nigerian civil war; the brutal killing of Patrice Mulumba and the annihilation of his tribe in Congo DRC; the genocide in Rwanda and Burundi; the near endless wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the current hostilities in Mali and Central African Republic; the brutalization of defenseless women in protest by the Gbagbo regime before his fall; the massacre in Darfur; the seemingly endless wars in Mozambique and Angola and the constant slaughter of black South Africans in the hands of Inkhatha Freedom Party assassins during the periods leading to the eventual collapse of apartheid. The list is just as endless as the hate appears unending.

But, why? In South Africa, my comrades would ask: Mara why? This is baffling. It is surely a case that can make use of further psychoanalytical inquiries.


"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it.\"
Game147
posted: 05:53pm 15/01/2013
@Futbol-aficionado, Agreed.
Anonymous
posted: 06:49pm 15/01/2013
Futbol-Aficionado, abeg leave what is the matter for Mathias. Let's focus on football.

Keshi say e don cook finish, Eagles don ready! Make una tell am say We no wan hear excuse o! We don set table, we don ready to chop Stallions, pick our teeth with copper bullets and drink from the Golden African Cup of Nations! Slyman.
Tartan
posted: 08:07pm 15/01/2013
Ike Uche’s hat-trick secures another victory for Nigeria

Nigeria’s Super Eagles completed their training tour in Portugal by recording a second straight victory in their warm up to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with an impressive 5-0 win over Farense FC.


The coach Stephen Keshi led side last Saturday defeated Sparta Rotterdam 1-0 in another warm up match.

The lead

John Obi Mikel opened score in the 5th minute via penalty to put Nigeria ahead.

In the second half, Ike Uche grabbed a hat trick for Nigeria to ensure the team leave Portugal in a victorious mood, as the confidence of the team continue to improve.

As the game was heading to an end, Emmanuel Emenike, who scored the only goal against Rotterdam got another in the 89th minute.

On parade

Keshi paraded only Sunshine Stars defender Godfrey Oboabona as the Nigeria Premier League player in the starting line-up, and made at least seven changes in the course of the game.

The Super Eagles will Wednesday fly out of Portugal, and head to South Africa.

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations will kick off on Saturday, with Nigeria playing its first game on Monday against Burkina Faso.
oga
posted: 08:14pm 15/01/2013
Where are they, the slaves I mean...I drove them from the other story they ran here. Well, we shall settle this matter now, i just called your chief rapist, the leader voodoo cults in Africa Zuuuuu.... fill the gap morons - he should be here anytime to lead you orphans home. Yeye dey smell, so we've become the size of these wannabes eeeh? Nothing wey eye nor go see! Don't worry our boys are matching into Mali in the next few hours to save that country, you know we never fail in saving Africa. We rescued you slaves from apartheid, we saved Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan Dafur, we are consistently bailing out Ghana with our hard earn currency - what has your country done for Africa other than killing Africans with AIDS - your only contribution to mankind.
osben
posted: 08:55pm 15/01/2013
wish u the best keshi
Zubysat
posted: 09:37pm 15/01/2013
Super eagles go 4 the trophy goodluck
Anonymous
posted: 10:08pm 15/01/2013
It is not in dispute that Nigeria in recent years elevated African football to the highest level in FIFA ranking (No 5 in the world) as well as leading Africa and Africans the way in winning world cups.
Any African who speaks or writes in the negative of our achievements with disrespect should \"Drop Dead\"
Anonymous
posted: 10:09pm 15/01/2013
It is not in dispute that Nigeria in recent years elevated African football to the highest level in FIFA ranking (No 5 in the world) as well as leading Africa and Africans the way in winning world cups.
Any African who speaks or writes in the negative of our achievements with disrespect should \"Drop Dead\"
mikron
posted: 02:46am 16/01/2013
enough of the hate words, i love south Africans like i love every other African country, pls lets learn to love ourselves, my naija brothers abeg make we take am easy. football is just a game, my south African brothers pls u guys should not be offended. we re one
luise-hero
posted: 03:15am 16/01/2013
one thing i hate we Nigeria for is we always pretend all is well when nothing is well
have u ever come across any south african news here on kickoff were you will find a Nigeria insulting or
calling south African names
respect is 4 whom respect is meant for
i don,t pretend to be friendly when i no you are trying to fool me and my country naija
good or bad na my country so south african should show us respect period
one African indeed
alhajibolaji554
posted: 04:12am 16/01/2013
What is with these South Africans?
ZambiaMan
posted: 07:36pm 16/01/2013
Yawn!
ZambiaMan
posted: 07:49pm 16/01/2013
Sounds to me that Naija people wants the respect that they have not been giving to others. Agreed with this respect thing, but you guys need to respect, or better yet don't talk smack on others and people will not bother you, especially us Zambians. Naija people are flocking on our site just to talk nonsense for no reason. Its another thing to discuss sensible football stuff, but just going to smack talk is pathetic.
ZambiaMan
posted: 07:53pm 16/01/2013
With all that being said, may the best team wins. God luck Naija and everyone else. Talk is cheap, let the games begin.
NU KING (ba mu da kingi)
posted: 11:34pm 16/01/2013
At this point i suppose we ought to really be checking out our progress and readiness for this tournament. And not to poke nose other teams and look like renegade socialist here.
Keshi is there as our head man. But i only pray that God use him to get us where we belong in the soccer world. He has nothing to offer us only God has.
We are coming home with this trophy

WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!!
stanslinks
posted: 04:49pm 17/01/2013
My hero Comrade and President Nelson Mandela, a world leader NEVER lost focus on his fight which is a \"free South Africa\". Let’s not loose sight of this fact. So, if or when you call Nigerians drug dealers and they call you slaves, and both persons stylishly or gradually drag other fellow brothers into a baseless discussion unrelated to the fundamentals of football; then the primary reason we congregate via internet on this special forum is relegated to the background. For both Nigerians and South Africans, we must not forget the reason we are here, IT IS TO DISCUSS FOOTBALL.

My humble suggestion on resolving this issue is as follows. 1. Let everyone remain or comment on only stories that relates to their country or individual club side. 2, If you cannot abide by # 1 above, then you should be disciplined enough to peruse other's comments without necessarily typing in any response (I do this all the time. I read articles concerning South African clubs or Bafana Bafana. I enjoy it; observe their comments, and then move on to something else.) You don't have to comment on everything you feel. I believe that any comment one makes, gradually caves out a character for that person. And who says we can not one day meet ourselves physically. My 3rd and final suggestions is that, you may disagree with a fellow forum member, as that is the beauty of discussion, but you MUST NOT call him names. Just make your point or argument clearly without cursing out on anyone. At least let us have some dignity in respecting humanity, because WHEN YOU CURSE AN INDIVIDUAL, YOU DISRESPECT HIS ENTIRE FAMILY, BUT WHEN YOU CURSE A PEOPLE OR A NATION, YOU DISREGARD THE WHOLE OF HUMANITY.
Africans be wise and unite.
Really, this will help, if it starts with me.....That is the spirit.
stanslinks
posted: 05:16pm 17/01/2013
weather or not you love your country is not in doubt, as every normal person ought to love and be proud of their respective countries.
Sympathizing with your country, or country man to rain curses at others is much less a justification for the love of your country. There are people that spilled their blood towards creating any good name that your various countries have today. So hiding behind a screen to type letters is not enough to proof your undieing love for that great country of yours. You must do better by showing character and discipline, not just for your sake but for the sake of your country. You must do so by simply IGNORING IGNORANT COMMENTS ABOUT YOU VARIOUS COUNTRIES.

Unknowingly, we amplify negative comments about us or our countries by responding on them to people we truely don't owe any esplaination. If you can not hold yourself-in by being calm about these negative comments, start by typing back in caps IIC which means IGNORING IGNORANT COMMENTS.
stanslinks
posted: 05:23pm 17/01/2013
Correction please. Meant to type explanation.
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