Despite the accolades that have trailed his exploits with the Super Eagles that were crowned with a ticket to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi says qualifying Togo for the 2006 World Cup.
Answering questions in a post match briefing at the U J Esuene stadium after leading the Super Eagles to qualify for Brazil, Keshi said, “I feel qualifying Togo for the World Cup was special and unique. It was unique in the sense that almost 80% ofmy players were home based.
”Secondly, achieving that in a group that had the likes of Senegal, Zambia and another strong team makes it special.”
Keshi, however stressed that his experience as a player in Nigeria’s first qualification for the World Cup in far away Algeria in 1993 and Saturday’s qualification for Brazil 2014 in Calabar came under different scenarios.
”In 1993, we needed a draw, and we were playing away from home. The situation today(Saturday) was different because about 60% of the job had been done. But the pressure was there because everybody was talking about it.”