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Nigeria coach Keshi: Congolese will be hostile

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
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has warned his
squad to expect nothing less than a hostile Congo
when the sides clash in 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
qualifying action this weekend.
Keshi is expecting nothing less than a full-blooded
encounter, saying: “The Congolese can be hostile,
we have experienced it several times but we don’t
know how it is going to come on Saturday.
“But
we
have
been
talking to the players because African football
requires the African mentality.”
Keshi’s continued presence with Nigeria remains
steeped in controversy, with the tactician not
officially contracted as head coach following the
expiration of his previous deal earlier this year.
He explained: “I have not had any meeting with
NFF. I have had meeting with the minister, that’s
all. The minister was the one that asked me to
come. You all know that we don’t have contract,
we are just doing what we can for our country.
We also want our country to excel, that’s why we
are here.
Also going by the sparkling performance of the
players in camp and a strong case made by Super
Eagles boss, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, the
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), leadership
agreed that all 25 players who have been in camp
in the last week travel for the duel against Congo
this weekend and play South Africa next
Wednesday.
An obviously happy Keshi, who spoke through his
assistant, Dan ‘the Bull’ Amokachi and team
administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor, announced that
the team will also be led by NFF President, Amaju
Pinnick, but will have such eminent person-alities
as the Senate Committee Chairman on Sports,
Sen Ibrahim Gumba and a member of the House
of Representatives Committee on Sports, Hon
Mudashiru Oyetu-nde on board the flight to
Congo.
The chartered Discovery Airliner is expected to
take approximately three hours to get to Congo
Brazzaville. Keshi simply said at the end of the
training session that the team worked hard
enough and the result will show on Saturday. “Tell
Nigerians to just pray for the team and believe
that we can deliver”, he declared.

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