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Nations Cup Qualifier: We are happy we won – Keshi

Calabar –  Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi says the team is happy winning a crucial Africa Cup of Nations match against Rwanda.

Keshi expressed the team’s happiness while addressing newsmen at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, on Saturday after the team beat Rwanda by 2-0 in the qualifying match.

‘’The most important thing is that we won the match and the team has qualified for the next stage of the tournament.’’

Nigerian defender Elderson Echiejile (R) vies for the ball with a Rwandan player during the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualification match between the two countries in Calabar on June 16, 2012. Nigeria defeated Rwanda 2 - 0 to advance to the third qualifying round where they will meet fellow second round qualifers and the 16 teams that competed for 2012 African Cup of Nations held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. AFP PHOTO

On the uncoordinated play by his team in the dying minutes of the second half, Keshi said the players were more interested in the score line.

‘’ It is not important for now. We will enjoy the victory, celebrate our qualification and begin to think of working on the mistakes.’’

Eagles striker, Ikechukwu Uche, opened scoring with a left footer in the 10th minute while winger Ahmed Musa scored the second goal in the 56th minute.

Rwandan Serbian born manager, Milutin Sredojevic, said his players failed to utilise three scoring chances that came their way.

“We were supposed to connect these chances but unfortunately we did not.

“We will rebuild the team and look forward to future tournaments.’’

Sredojevic said the future of Rwandan football was bright because five under-20 players made the team that lost to the Eagles.

“We came with a crop of players who could not withstand the pressure of a team like Nigeria.

“We played a very courageous game against the Super Eagles; a good, tough team,” he said. (NAN)


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