Keshi fancies chances against Ivorians

Posted: 30 January 2013 Time: 10:07 am

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is confident that his team will not quake in their boots when they face title favourites Ivory Coast in the next round of the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.

Nigeria moved into the next round of the competition after two late goals from Victor Moses helped the Super Eagles overcome a stubborn Ethiopian side, to finish second in Group C behind Burkina Faso and set up a quarter-final date with last year's losing finalists Ivory Coast.

READ: Moses sends Nigeria through

Keshi has now moved to assure Nigerian fans that there is nothing to worry about, as he is confident in the abilities of his players to stem the tide against the star-studded Ivorian team.

"It is a different ball game. I respect the Ivoirians but we will approach the game with a different mentality than what we produced against Ethiopia and other group opponents,” Keshi said.

"I know you guys are worried about Ivory Coast and I don't know why. The Ivorians have a good team and we have a good team too. It is going to be a game of eleven players on each side. Ivory Coast is Ivory Coast and Nigeria is Nigeria, so anything can happen when we meet but I am sure we won't disappoint," he says.

The Super Eagles coach also stated that he has already started to strategise on how his team will play against the Ivorians.

"Now we face title favourites Ivory Coast. I have a game plan but that is for the players (not journalists)," he adds.

Article by: Uche George Egbe

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Mphoza83
posted: 10:18am 30/01/2013
Penalty strategy coach???? Anyhow Goodluck how i wish u guys can beat this ovarated Ivorians so dad we meet ko semi-finals.... In Nigeria we trust.. Go go boys.... Bafana Ba sangweni re kaofela!
Roger De Sa is not Pirates Material and pliz can yu return Mr Ruud Krol to the Technical department
posted: 10:27am 30/01/2013
Beat them Mr keshi . Ivory coast thnk dat ther ar champions . I'm putng ma money on u Mr keshi and ur boys
A Pirate from Orlando
posted: 10:28am 30/01/2013
\"Now we face title favourites Ivory Coast. I have a game plan but that is for the players (not journalists),\" he adds.

***********************************************
Conversation between Keshi and his players at the change room:

Keshi: "Now listen up guys, here is my plan...Moses, when you get to their 18 area you must dive again like you did against Ethiopia, and the referee will blow for a penalty; dont worry about anything, I've already given him his half of 1million naira and he's gonna get the balance after the match\".
Ugo: "But coach, what about Drogba, that guy is very dangerous?\".
Keshi:\"Dont worry about that one, you must just hack him...the 1 million naira payment includes his hacking\".
Enyeama: "What about Kolo Toure, coach?...that man kicks powerful shots..\"
Keshi:\"Geez! can you guys relax!....listen here, just hack anything that moves in an orange shirt...the 1 million naira will work for us; go ask the referee of our game against Ethiopia!, so shut up and get on with our game plan OR are you trying to get Siasia back? \"
MoDawana
posted: 10:30am 30/01/2013
With respect, me thinks Mr Keshi \"The Boss\", was either misqouted or he had a meet with Nigerians selling drugs in SA and received a gram or two. I don'T THINK The Boss can say the above in his his sober senses. Perhaps under the influence of narcotics, i.e cocaine.

The writting is on the wall unless one is blind or high on mandrax.
El Sol
posted: 10:31am 30/01/2013
Seriously now? With that average &directionless team you think you can beat the Ivorians?? Oh please this is the 21st century YAYA TOURE will sexualy abuse your radio-ENYEAMA
KOIYOKO
posted: 10:32am 30/01/2013
What plan Keshi when you couldn't even plan for Ethiopia?
▌▌ Y1NKA ,¸¸,ø¤º°º¤ ᵀᴴᴱ'ᴼᴿᴵᴳᴵᴻᴬᴸ ╚ll╝
posted: 10:47am 30/01/2013
▌▌✨Yiηkα ★....Oηє ℓσvє Nαιjα
SIASIA IS STILL THE BEST !!!

Lets not deceive ourselves here okay. Ivory coast will be very difficult match. For sure!
MoDawana
posted: 10:56am 30/01/2013
You are smoking The Bull's dung and socks Boss and they making you excessively delusional, excited and super arrogant. Ivory Coast will serve a huge dish of humble pie that will sober you up and bring you back to your senses.
Good luck
posted: 10:56am 30/01/2013
NFF SHOULD REPLACE THIS KESHI AFTER THE AFCON BECAUSE HE IS NOT A GOOD COACH EITHER THEY LOOK FOR A GOOD FORIEGN COACH OR CALL BACK SAMSON SIASIA KESHI HAS NOTHING TO OFFER NIGERIA HE DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT COACHING.
Good luck
posted: 11:00am 30/01/2013
IVORY COAST CAN NEVER BEAT NIGERIA IF IT IS WORST THEY WILL PLAY 0-0 NINETY MINUTES AND AFTER EXTRA TIMES THEY PLAY PENALTY KICK AND NIGERIA WILL WIN AND GO TO SEMIFINALS JUST RIGHT IT DOWN.
Davkoz
posted: 11:17am 30/01/2013
YOU GUYS HAVE SAID IT ALL, I NEVER BELIEVED IN KESHI RIGHT FROM THE DAY HE WAS APPOINTED AS OUR COACH BUT SUPPORTED HIM JUST TO LOOK FORWARD AND BELIEVING THAT HE MUST HAVE GOTTEN SOME MORE EXPERIENCE AFTER HIS FAILURE WITH MALI. WHAT I AM SEEING IS THE SAME UNDER EXPERIENCE COACH. NFF SHOULD START IMMEDIATELY LOOKING FOR A REPLACEMENT FOR HIM NOW IN A FOREIGN COACH OR TO ACT AS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR WHILE HE LEARN FROM HIM0. SIMPLE.

DON'T THINK IT WAS KESHI THAT WON THE GAME, PLS IT WAS ONLY THE HARD WORK OF THE BOYS AND THE ZEAL OF ONE INDIVIDUAL. I CANT STAKE MY MONEY ON THIS TEAM SO I DONT HAVE HEART ATTACK BUT ALL THE SAME IT IS MY COUNTRY SO I WISH THEM GOOD LUCK AGAIN SUPER EAGLES IN YOUR NEXT MATCH.
datsmenoni
posted: 11:18am 30/01/2013
sudenly these SA fans think they'v arrivd so its nw ok 4 thm 2 talk trash bout other pple, wel i reserv my coments til afta ur teams match wit mali, thn i wil see wat u crazy fans hav 2 say. and plz if u dnt knw wat 2 say hr kindly hold ur peac coz dis site is 4 sports lovers and not 4 racists, hoodloms and negativ pple, by d way d money d so calld drug pple r makin is bein used 2 develop ur economy in SA, and com 2 think of it ur countries economy wuld be nowhr witout nigeria ur so calld (drug lords). plz pple use ur head wel.
Dr Ike Achilonu
posted: 11:21am 30/01/2013
A lot of us in this forum are destined to believe that the SE will roll over for CIV will walk all over us. I do disagree with that school of thought. I believe will be a different ball game that will incite a different game plan. One major draw back is the absence of Ogude in the MF (2 yellow cards). CIV is very much going to be under immense pressure and the SE will play as if they have nothing to loose. Every body expects CIV to win that game and it can be very traumatic if by the 45th min the game is still draw. To fantasize, I will deploy Efe in the MF to play behind Mikel and mark Yaya Toure in the MF. I will pair Moses and Emenike upfront and flank Mikel with Mba and Uzoenyi (yes, Uzoenyi may be the joker in the team). Then the defence will be Elderson (LFB), Oboabona and Yobo (CDF) and Omeruo (RFB). Enyeama in goal. Good luck boys. So it will be a 4-4-2 with a diamond formation, with Mikel at the tip of the diamond.
Zane10
posted: 11:31am 30/01/2013
Whether u beat Ivory Coast or not, we ready for either one of u... We are the South African, and this is our Kasi. We won't be bullied in our own yard, we'll bleksem whoever comes our way... Barry(Ivory's Goaly) knows killer well!!!

Proudly South African....
datsmenoni
posted: 11:35am 30/01/2013
@ anonymous.. anytime dis homie open's his mouth a whole lot of ######## comes out of his mouth, but i'v got 2 put dis homie on his toes bcoz if he's as gud as he talks thn probably he shuld'nt be hr doin an idle man's job by talkin rubish behind pples back, bcoz thos guys out thr in d SE camp are all his mates.. so bro plz we nd a constructiv criticism and not d whole trash i hav bn hearin 4rm u, coz dis is not a beer palour, its a site 4 intelectual and briliant ideas r xchanged.. so pls use ur head bro.
Dr Ike Achilonu
posted: 11:51am 30/01/2013
It is become damning and irritating why we are in a hurry to fire the coach. Same Nigerian mentality, quick results, cutting corners and using apiam way to achieve incredible results. Samson Siasia did not take us to the last edition of the Nations cup, the same Ethiopia he could not defeat with the stars on parade that year have been defeated by Keshi's super chicken. Siasia has a problem just like Keshi too. Firing Keshi will not help. It takes a long time to build a team. Burkinafaso started building this team more than 4 yrs ago. Remember that they were in the last edition of ACN. Cape Verde also started building this team more than 4 yrs ago, with university students. CIV, we need not to think too deep to remember that they have been together for more than seven years (ie the core of the team). Just analyse our team with objective mind. These guys have never been together before now, they have never played in any major tournament and yet they have managed to make it to the QF of this edition of ACN, which to me is even more difficult than the last edition Siasia could not qualify us for. We praised Keshi when he qualified us by beating Liberia mercilessly. He kept on reminding all of us all that this team is a work in progress. Why have we easily forgotten his statement. World cup qualifiers is around the corner, why can we not be patient enough with this team. May be it is because we had so much expectations about their ability. From my point of view, this team have impressed me. On their ability to beat CIV, QED.
tain
posted: 12:03pm 30/01/2013
Mr Keshi, as south africans honestly now we just support you to eliminate Ivory Coast because we are scared of them!we wish you the best of luck
neyo
posted: 12:27pm 30/01/2013
@Dr Ike Achilonu
To be honest is not the best advise to be firing coaches but the problem with the NFF is they do not have a sound technical department or they are too corrupt. Tell me what are the perimeter used in hiring coaches for SE. Keshi is not a good coach throught out our group stage matches you can see there is no technicality in Nigeria games not to talk of the team selection or substitution. Please is high time we need to tell ourselves the truth . We need a good sound foreign coach that under Africa football. NFF has failed us all with their decision on selecting coaches for the national team
Gold2251
posted: 01:03pm 30/01/2013
i beliv eagles wil fly. . . Stfu @y'all.
HRKIREKS
posted: 01:13pm 30/01/2013
NGA-CIV???
HRKIREKS
posted: 01:14pm 30/01/2013
It is not for sure yet
gunners4life
posted: 01:14pm 30/01/2013
Nigeria we are out....hahahaahahahahahahahahahah...SIAONE IS THE ANSWER NOW
HRKIREKS
posted: 01:18pm 30/01/2013
Why everybodey talk about CIV???Why not be possible that Togo win 2-0 vs Tunisia and Algire win 2-0 vs CIV second team???And togo will be first in the group with 6 pts and 5-2 goal difference and CIV will be second with 6 pts and 5-3 goal difference.You african people dont understud maths.God help and bles Super Eagles!Super Eagles fan from Croatia!
Ghost Ninja
posted: 01:34pm 30/01/2013
Good luck to Keshi and the boys but u will need to improve drastically to stand a chance of beating the Ivorians...
Demmybkk
posted: 01:39pm 30/01/2013
One thing i like about the Keshi is he never give up, and he has big mouth, if you are to beat Ivoriean, Watch out for that Guy (ya Konan) and (Yaya Toure) and (Gevirnho) if you can handle this three players, Then you can surely win... Well Good luck Super Eagle.
ehisbaba
posted: 02:28pm 30/01/2013
@dr ike achilonu. I like your patriotism. I wish it could infect me. But can we do some reality check.
A big mistake many Nigerian coaches siasia and Keshi make is, when they take over , they want to bring in new players. They just throw away the players that were there before. That is wrong. It means they take Super eagles one step forward, nine steps backward. Why did Keshi abandon the team he met to start building with fresh players. And the NFF allowed that. Look around you. Many countries and club change coaches but the players remain and continue formimg a bond.
Ivory coast changed their coach after they fail to win the AFCON last year but the players remained. And they have formed an unbreakable bond. Ghana changed their coach yet the players remained. Even you will agree that Nigerians will pray hard not to meet Ghana the way they are now.
Another thing Keshi did that is so unprofessional is taking sick players to the nations cup. What is a player with chicken pox doing there. Agreed that it is a sickness that lasts a couple of days people with it need to stay clear from others for the period they have the rash because it is infectious. Also, what degree of activity can the player involve in during the period of the sickness and the following convalescing period? Not much. That also makes him match rusty. So of what use is such a player in this tournament? Nothing except to collect match bonus. What was Keshi and his medical team thinking? Now that fengor is not playing in the QF finals, who will do the dirty job? Is it injured Reuben. Another blunder by Keshi. Reuben has been injured for many months and is currently match rusty. When players recover, they go through rehabilitation before they start playing big matches?
Again, he had the opportunity of taking dike (with his fantastic height and build) but he preferred his ejike to that. Of what use will ejike be now that the competition is on? Dike would have been of great use especially since the midfielders are playing long balls because of the often choked midfield and since many of them are not ball jugglers. Emenike is overwhelmed. He is not too tall to deal with those long balls. Now we are facing ivory coast giant defenders.
These are the mathematics I have worked out and I feel we don't have have a chance.
Please, do not say football is not mathematics nor scientific. It is hence coaches who can analyse ( a scientific art) can often win matches better than those who just shout nonsense
ehisbaba
posted: 02:38pm 30/01/2013
As an addendum, we are not in this AFCON with our best legs because we have a coach who discarded them because he wants to build a new team when our discarded players are neither old nor out of form. I think ego may have been a strong factor.
Somebody will say those players did not qualify for AFCON 2012 but this is not the first time that good players did not win a match. If anything, change the coach but retain the players to form a bond. Di Matteo won the champions league with the same Chelsea players that AVB was flopping with.
Crown-him
posted: 03:52pm 30/01/2013
The way words are being thrown in this blog is quite nauseating and abusing. This wasn’t the aim of setting up this blog. The aim was to disseminate football news across and as such should not be abused with malicious words. Kickoff should do something about this.
Anonymous
posted: 04:45pm 30/01/2013
I don't understand why our ex-internationals see nigeria coaching job as a birth right. Been an ex-footballer doesn't necessarily mean you could be a good coach; they are different things apart in all practical sense and Jose Mourinho is a testament to that fact. None of our indigenous coaches have shown they have the tactical knowledge of modern soccer thus far; they just believe having played for nigeria before they are good coaches and unfortunately the NFF is buying that but simply too because the FA officials are not people with sound knowledge and understanding of football management. I am a USSF B license coach and i certainly know what i'm commenting about. It was sad watching the eagles yesterday play that way in a must win game yet the coach could come out to say he was pleased with the performance; really! that just sum up how clueless Keshi's understanding of the game is. No need to start mentional the many flaws tactically i witnessed yet nothing was done to adjsut for the duration of the game. The game was won by sheer yeo effort of Moses trickery and the inexperience of Ethiopia defender. Nothing was tactical in our game for whole duration of the game. No doubt nigeria have the talents, but we'll keep deceiving ourselves until we adopt the right approach of managing our teams. keshi certainly will not help this team after watching many of his games; as ex captain, he is no doubt very passionate about the super eagles but passion is different from tactical understanding of coachingf the game. I am not a fan of Siasia either, but if he had not allowed arrogance and 'more than thou' attitude to run him down he could be a successful national team coach. The fact is, it was too early for Siasia to think he can manage the national senior team. If he had taken time to learn more staying with the junior sides, he could perhaps be a great national Head coach with his inherent traits but after coaching junior sides with some relative paltry success with seeming use of over age players, he thought he had arrived and the NFF bought into that. He should have learnt more under an experience foreign coach before jumping into the responsibility of managing the super eagles. Siasia was coaching a youth U10 team here in Atlanta and just suddenly became the national handler; from what experience, what level of education, what level of license?
NFF have enough money to share but don't have enough to hire a foreign coach; we will remain at this level unless we do the right thing than recycling these ex internationals that knows nothing about coaching the modern game. Hire a foreign coach and let Siasia and/or Oliseh learn from such reputable coach then we could be thinking indegenous coach in near future but for now we are wasting time and resources on Keshi and co. It is an outer disgrace as a nigerian to see our nigeria team play the way they have been playing and the coach coming out to say he's pleased with their performances. common!
UZ0
posted: 05:56pm 30/01/2013
UZO

This is going to be Keshi's toughest match yet. He has been playing SMALL countries/teams till now. So we will see how he does.
Remember, Siasia's toughest test was Argentina and he won 3-1....
Azeebi
posted: 06:38pm 30/01/2013
It is only in Nigeria where everybody is a coach.... When we loose game everybody jumb to analyse what techniques were used...most of whom end up blaming the midfield... When are we going to learn rating coaches by results and the standard or status of matches played... The nations cup is far better and greater than the FIFA under age tounaments... In Nigeria, we are always comparing these class D rated competitions...
I do not care anymore about the unreasonable fans and media. All I know is that they are worst than the NFF... It is a stupid measure to support Chelsea of last season and hate Keshi's Eagles, because Eagles are even playing compared to the anti-good soccer Chelsea played enroute to champions league victory...
It beats my imagination the way many Nigerians, who can barely understand the basic rules of football talk about technicalities.... Ask them about the basic off site rule, ball to hand, situational decisions, etc, they will all give non-existent answer... If you want to be a coach, then start from your village team... Don't come here because you have BlackBerry or any smart phone then type rubbish as result of hate...
We are not professional coaches, therefore, we should only judge by results not by tactics...because we are incapable of pointing out what is on ground or what is been planned...
Azeebi
posted: 06:52pm 30/01/2013
@anonymous, do you know that those players who travel to Nigeria to play that fixed match as Argentina except one never played for the country again? Do you know that the match is considered a fixed match? Do you know that Baptista their coach then was sacked because of that scandalous match?
Why are you not talking about France lost to Eagle team B at home under Shuaibu Ahmodu?
I guess your is hatred and blind love for Siaone...
Led me ask you, where is the ghost project called siaone? Where is your hero working now and how much are you paid to advertise him?
Led him handle other teams like Rwanda as Silas Tete, Siasia senior in winning did after coaching Ghana to under 20 victory against almighty Brazil in 2009.
Led him win FA cup or league, unfortunately he had relegated two already so they are afraid to give him another team so that they won't get relegated...
Haba, Nigerians, are we sure our clueless government and NFF are not better than most of us complainers?
ZION 2
posted: 07:31pm 30/01/2013
Weldon Keshi THE BIG BOSS for handling such a difficult job, you are doing great. Its a win win for S Eagles against CIV .

Lets keep moving still..
Me,myself and I
posted: 09:03pm 30/01/2013
Nigeria is in big problem, up till now it has been by the grace of God, now we will no that faith without work is death James 2:14-26....Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them Mattew 7:20. I have said this words for almost a month now, this team have nothing good going for it, look at yesterday's game will be a testimony of the limited football knowledge that Keshi had, they say when your job is on the line that is when you bring out your best, my God if that is Keshi's best then we are truly in big problem, no combination passes, no good ball movement, yobo is running because he does not want to hang his career on a losing team, it was after the second goal he came in, mikel is running from another penalty because he dose not want to miss another one, victor Moses had to step up to take the penalty after been flawed because everybody is running and he almost missed the second penalty which show our boys are not confident in them self. So even if we play draw with CIV, who will play the penalty for us. My people no matter how we look at this the next game CIV will walk through the valley of the shadow of death.
Anonymous
posted: 12:01am 31/01/2013
iam afraid the ivorian are better goal scorer than nigeria.i keep my finger cross,i believe action speak louder than words.
Omo 9ja
posted: 12:43am 31/01/2013
The time will tell. you me. Keshi and Nff, we are looking oooooooooooo. God bless Nigeria
johnpaul okoro
posted: 02:04am 31/01/2013
Nigeria will beat Ivory coast for sure....please follow me on twitter @pardoncokoro
Anonymous
posted: 04:20am 31/01/2013
Pardoncokoro, make we follow you go where for twitter. You dey divide money? If u wan start call us make we come. If u no know, dis na the wrong place for such advert.

Back to soccer. Our fingers are crossed. I have soooooo lowered my expectation of this team that if they play draw with Lesotho, I will not be surprised. But their strength is \"I refuse to lose\". As bad as they play, this is a hard team to beat. Elephants have their work cut out for them. Both sides better prepare for penalties. My Naija people, please do not forget your high blood pressure meds. You will surely need them on Sunday. Slyman
Dooba [Glory Deferred]
posted: 08:54am 31/01/2013
Drug sales will be hit by the recession because the drug mules will be too sick to operate... at least the SA communities will get something out of this, all thanks to the mighty Ivorians!
Dooba [Glory Deferred]
posted: 08:56am 31/01/2013
-...............and this drug mules will be in mopurning for at least 3 weeks, this will ease pressure at the OR Tambo Int. Airport! Thanks Drogba and Co. for giving back to our community!
Dooba [Glory Deferred]
posted: 08:59am 31/01/2013
I think Anti-drug programmes should always include a match between Naijeria and Ivory coast, this will be the most effective intervention against doping to date...
k25
posted: 09:26am 31/01/2013
i defenetely agree with koiyoko, this has no plan for nothing. he did not have any single plan for small Team like Ethiopia, now he saif he has plan for Ivoirien. it doesnt mean that the ivoirien cannot be betten , our boys need to be really concentrate and defend well without especting much from mr. Keshi, i very sorry to say that but that is the true.
if our super eagle stil in the competition is because player are putting all their hart to the field, you can even see when we play so badly, keshi doesnt even know what to do. we hanven face a serie team until now, because zambien was so poor, ethiopia was so poor, and burkina also is poor, then they spot the group.
God bless our team and all the support to our super eagle.
NFF, please after the turnement, replace keshi, imagine guys playing the way we're doing it again an european tema...., what with hapen.
let see on sunday again a midle team.
k25
posted: 10:09am 31/01/2013
i dint know about the type of licenses keshi or siasia have, or i dont know either what type of licens a coach need to be qualify to coach a national team, but what i know, is that.., jugign the way a specific team or teams are playing if you watch them two or three time you will at least know that the coach know what to do.

to be honedt keshi is not the right man for the super eagle. i never seen super eagle plying so badly in all my life. this team doesnt even have identity. same thing happen if you remember the malien team of the afcon 2010 in angola, was playing so bad like super eagle is doing, keshi need to learn with a foreign coach the modern game. i still even think that this generation of players can play better without keshi than having keshi with them. NFF need to appoint a foreign coach if we dont have a qualify local coach. i was so sad the way we play the last three game, and mr keshi said he was please with the performance..., this guys is taking super eagle not where.., This generation of boys can play football, just commpare, togo, mali, burkina, cabo verde, south africa, moroko, argelia, angola, etiopia, etc. those teams does not have the quality of our super eagle, in this turnement, only Ivori coast and may be Gana, just compare the eupean teams they play....
Good luck
posted: 03:00pm 31/01/2013
You south africa people are always calling naija drug lords, it is only naija that selling drugs? there is no any country in the world that are not dealing with drugs both America, Europe and Asia continents, just of recent Malaysia gives a britishman death sentenced because of drugs deals. Please stop your abuse and talk about football game in this site.
lastairbender
posted: 04:19pm 31/01/2013
1st game at this tournament u said u have studied burkinabes video clip that u will roast them that they are no threat at the end of the match those guys where the one who studied our history they knew we are use to losing concentration towards the end of any game and they did,,, the 2nd match same story and we almost lost, then the last match u said we ll beat them convincingly but what did we see, we saw eagles that cant even make two passes.
now u are saying u have a game plan... keshi please dont have a game plan cos all the ones u had is tell the boys play long pass to the strikers so that they can bulldozer their way through that all. and it did not work against Ethiopia cos their coach already knew how stupid style and decided to play deep defense and keshi could not read that for 90minutes .. na wah

and for those that are saying that how problem is the sacking of coaches, the truth they are not sound coach.. if we are building we should be seen what progress we are making but for almost two years in charge we cant even define our pattern, dem...... i cry for nigeria football
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