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Keshi: Eagles’ victory good for Africa

*Says I never had doubt we’ll make it to 2nd round

By Tony Ubani

Coach Stephen Keshi feels the Super Eagles victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina in the early hours of Sunday was for all of Africa after Peter Odemwingie’s goal put the Super Eagles on the brink of reaching the World Cup knockout stages.

The Stoke striker’s smart first-half finish decided a 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Cuiaba and the result, while eliminating the Europeans from the tournament, sees Nigeria well-placed to progress from Group F.

Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi gives a press conference at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba on June 15, 2014, on the eve of their Group F 2014 FIFA World Cup football match against Iran. AFP PHOTO
Coach Stephen Keshi

A point from Wednesday’s meeting with Argentina – 1-0 winners over Iran earlier on Saturday thanks to Lionel Messi’s late goal – would be enough for second place. Victory would see Nigeria go one better and grab top spot.

And with West African neighbours Ivory Coast and Ghana also making a big impression in Brazil, Nigeria boss Keshi is determined to make sure his team are among the continent’s representatives in the last 16.
He said, “Everybody is happy in West Africa; Ghana got their result (2-2 draw with Germany) and we won. It’s good for the continent.

“The fighting spirit we showed was good. I never thought that we wouldn’t make the round of 16. I have the players.


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