Self-belief key to Nigeria’s success – Stephen Keshi

2014-01-28 15:33

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Nigeria’s self-belief will be critical when the Super Eagles take on Ghana in the highly-anticipated African Nations Championship (Chan) semifinal clash at the Free State Stadium tomorrow night, says coach Stephen Keshi.

The Super Eagles needed incredible inspiration to come back from three goals down to beat Morocco 4-3 in one of football’s most memorable comebacks in the quarterfinal stages at the weekend.

“We need self-belief for this game and have to give everything we’ve got on the field,” said Keshi. “This is a huge game and we both have to give a good game for the fans. It’s probably gone down over the years, but in my days as a player a match against Ghana was war.”

Nigeria are now two victories away from a “continental double” by adding the Chan title to their Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) success from last year.

Keshi said: “What I’m thinking about right now is these kids getting to the final. I’m just here to help them out and hopefully get two or three players playing in the senior national squad.”

Meanwhile, Ghana are out to end their long trophy drought and are in search of their first major success in 32 years – they won the last of their four Afcon crowns in 1982.

Black Stars coach Maxwell Konadu relaxed at a mall in Bloemfontein this morning as he took time off from planning for the fixture. His side has conceded a goal just once in four matches in the competition.

“We just have to protect our goal area as much as we can. The Nigerians are scoring a lot of goals in this tournament, but against Ghana, they may find it difficult,” Konadu said.

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