Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has said that the team would face a dangerous opposition in Chad in its 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Kaduna.
Keshi, who said that he was keen on restarting on a winning note, confessed that he was yet to get recent clips of the Chadians, even though he was in possession of some old clips and could also rely on the knowledge he had of some individual Chad players during his stint as coach of Mali’s national team.
Keshi said “the current Chad squad we don’t know and that is why they are very dangerous. They know us, we don’t know them but we will try and make things difficult for them. I have gotten one or two (clips) but they are old ones where they used mostly home-based players”.
The head coach added that “the people coming on Saturday are mostly foreign-based professionals, who ply their trade in France, Belgium, Morocco, Algeria; I don’t have that. It will be good to see the most recent one where they beat Guinea like three-four days ago.If I can see something like that, it will be very good but individually I know some of them when I was Mali coach.”
Keshi said he did not want to be dragged back into reflecting on why Nigeria failed to qualify for the AFCON 2015 but would rather want to concentrate on qualifying for the 2017 edition taking place in Gabon.
“Let’s leave 2015 Nations Cup in the past and concentrate on making the Super Eagles qualify for the 2017 edition in Gabon.That process starts with the Chad game so let’s all support the team,” Keshi said.
However, the team’s former coach, Jo Bonfrere, said the team’s problem comes from no other quarter, but the coaches expected to manage it.
Consequently, he said that the parlous state of the team was result of corruption amongst the coaches.
The coach lamented the state of the team saying “I find it very sad that teams are not afraid to play Nigeria again.The biggest problem with Nigerian football at the moment is corruption at all levels of the national teams. I know it happened before and is still happening now where players or their agents pay to get into the team. I am the only man to have coached Nigeria who never sold or be involved in the sale of one player. A lot of the coaches are involved in it even to this present time. I used to give money to some players who said they were going on trials instead.”
He said Nigeria has many talented players and he finds it very sad that teams are not afraid to play Nigeria again.
However, the Dutchman, who led Eagles to the final of the 2000 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations where the team lost to Cameroon via penalty shoot-outs, pointed out that he would handle the Super Eagles with an indigenous coach that shares the same vision with him, if given the opportunity again.
“Yes but maybe with a younger local or foreign assistant who shares the same vision of attacking football so we can get the continent at least, back to being afraid of playing against the Super Eagles again.I spent a lot of my money going everywhere that Nigerian players played in Europe. I had to watch them. It is absolutely vital that you watch them at their clubs.”[:]