‘By JOE APU
An excited Super Eagles’ Coach, Stephen Keshi, is fervently praying for the quick recovery of his injured strikers, Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses, insisting that both players are key to the final on Sunday. Keshi, who dedicated the victory against Mali to God said he was hopeful that both players would be cleared by the team doctors and certified fit to be ready for the final game.
“I’m hoping that the both Moses and Emenike are going to be okay after proper scans and examinations. We need everyone for the final game because every player is important to our preparation for the final.” Keshi, speaking on the team’s improved form, said he knew that the first three games were going to be difficult, but that after that, things were going to be better. “I want to thank God that we’re in the final despite leaving out key players from the squad for the Nigerian domestic league.
Not only skillful players could do the job for you in a tournament, but any player that could work for the team was what we need hence the decision to take six players along with us.” On the Mali side that he had once coached, Keshi gave credit to the team for its fighting spirit and singled out Barcelona’s former star, Keita, for his efforts in carrying his team.
“Having coached Mali before, I know that they are a slow side and knew what to do. But I must commend them for their play and especially Keita.” On if he felt fulfilled that he defeated Mali’s foreign coach in the tournament, the big boss noted that he is not in any way against foreign coaches working in Africa, but insists that only qualified foreign coaches should be given jobs.
He observed that many foreigners who come to Africa to coach only start their careers here and as such carpenters should not be hired as coaches, he said.