Eagles need not dollars to beat Lone Star —Keshi
Super Eagles boss, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has reacted swiftly to news making the rounds that Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has promised the Lone Star huge dollars rain if they upset the form books by defeating Nigeria in Calabar, in the final round qualifier for the Nations Cup 2013.
Speaking in Abuja, during a weekly media parley, Keshi said it was good motivation for the Liberians, but declared that the Super Eagles are already motivated enough by the NFF to win. The government and people that will be seen when they file out on October 13 against Liberia is evident.
“We surely need money for the players and officials but that is not the motivation now, the need to return to the Nations Cup is the driving force and the players are angry that they missed out the last time and want to prove that they have returned to be among Africa’s best. Money will surely come later,” he said.
He also said the team will be delighted to see President Goodluck Jonathan in Calabar for the game and that in itself will boost the team’s spirit against the Lone Star.
Keshi used the opportunity of the media chat to plead for support from the media, government and the Nigerians generally as that will help team composure.
“In Calabar, even when we don’t score early they keep cheering, believing that the goals will come, same thing happens in Kaduna, we must tell Nigerians particularly the media to spread the news that we want that type of spirit not only to qualify but to do well at the Nations Cup.”
The Super Eagles sweat merchant also revealed that some players based in Europe have pleaded with him to arrive the country late and he has granted their request.
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