By Onochie Anibeze
One old but very alert man monitoring all matches of the Nations Cup and praying that Stephen Keshi and Eagles lift the trophy today is Pa John Ojidoh, a veteran of many fields of sports.
Ojidoh, 86, spoke from his home in Illah, Delta.
“I wished that Keshi is listed among the great coaches who have worked in Nigeria. My rating has Westerhof, Troussier and Amodu as those whose records have distinguished them in the past 25 years or so. And if Keshi wins the Nations Cup, he will be added on this list.
So far, he has done well. He has been noble, humble and confident in the post match conferences. May God not allow our match with Burkina Faso to be like the battle between David and Goliath. Burkina Faso looks the most balanced team of the tournament and Nigeria has a big job in their hand. I pray that Keshi completes his mission with a victory. Then his market value will skyrocket and cause NFF and NSC to respect him.”
Nwabufo Obienu, former vice chairman of the Nigeria Football Association spoke in the same vein.
“Win or lose on Sunday, they should not only keep Keshi, they should also get him a house, a good car and provide him with all he needs to continue leading our football out of the doldrums.
He has done well. He has brought back the spirit of patriotism to our football. He has given life to our football and Nigerians are excited once more. They were planning to sack him after the Nations Cup but with this result I know that they will keep their cool.
But I still think that Keshi could hire somebody from Europe to assist him in training and building our football. He remains in charge but he needs someone with different experience, mentality and style to blend with his own and we can move our football to the height where our potential is capable of reaching”.