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Keshi blasts Nigerian fans

By Tony Ubani in Brazil
A furious Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has lashed out at the country’s fans, saying it is a shame they have abused his person for the team’s showing at Brazil 2014.

The Super Eagles and coach Keshi came under heavy fire from angry fans after they could only manage a 0-0 draw with Iran in their opening group game at the World Cup in Brazil.

But Keshi has taken serious exception to the fans’ rage, saying there was no justification for them to insult his person.

“I am disappointed, totally disappointed (by the personal attacks), but it’s their thing, no wahala (no problem),” blasted Keshi in Brazil.

Head coach Stephen Keshi of Nigeria gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Arena Pantanal on June 21, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason - FIFA/FIFA
Head coach Stephen Keshi of Nigeria gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Arena Pantanal on June 21, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason – FIFA/FIFA

“It’s a shame, just a shame that we keep doing the same thing and then they come back and they say they are sorry. Sorry for abusing my mum? Sorry for abusing my siblings? For what? That I am representing Nigeria?”

Keshi has already fired a salvo at his fellow former football stars who tore at his team and tactics in Brazil.

He said he had expected much better from them as they ought to know better about the game than the man on the street.

Nigeria take on Argentina on Wednesday in Porto Alegre and if they avoided defeat, they will qualify for the knockout rounds of the World Cup for only the third time in their history.

Nigeria’s qualification for next round within reach – Glo??

The major sponsor of the Nigerian national teams, Globacom, has congratulated the Super Eagles for recording an important win against Bosnia and Herzegovina in their second Group F match of the on –going 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Globacom in a press statement released in Lagos immediately after the match hailed the Super Eagles for the victory which not only gave them three points but also brightened their chance of qualifying for the second round. It was Nigeria’s first victory in the World Cup in 16 years.

“The Super Eagles gave a good account of themselves against Bosnia and Herzegovina. We urge them to sustain the momentum when they take on Argentina so as to seal their chance of qualifying for the next round which is now within reach,” Globacom said.

“The match was tough and the weather was harsh. We commend the Super Eagles for their hard work and determination which earned them the victory,” the statement added.

Globacom observed that the victory had confirmed the company’s belief that the team would excel even when so many people seemed to have lost hope in the Super Eagles after they drew with Iran in the first match.

“We wish to advise the team to remain focused for the task ahead while we enjoin the Nigeria Football Federation and the entire nation not to waver in supporting and praying for the Eagles,” the statement further said.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria with four points from two matches will lock horns with Argentina while Iran will also trade tackle with Bosnia and Herzegovina on 25th June in the last group F matches to determine the two teams that will qualify for the second round.

Argentina currently leads Group F with six points while Iran has one point. Bosnia and Herzegovina is yet to secure any point.


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