Keshi salutes his ‘birds’

Head coach of the Nigeria national team, Stephen Keshi has refused to take the plaudits after watching his team outclass hosts, South Africa 3-1 in their third and final preliminary game at the 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan).

A brace from the impressive Ejike Uzoenyi and an Ifeanyi Ede penalty rendered Bernard Parker’s late spot kick scant consolation as the Super Eagles marched into the quarter finals of the competition.

Nigeria were dreadful in their opening game of the competition-a 1-3 loss to Mali- and despite masterminding a most impressive turn around in the fortunes of his side, a humble Keshi refused to take credit for Sunday’s win in Cape Town.

“I am not the one that got this right. It was the boys. They fought like wounded lions because they want to stay in this competition.

“I am very grateful to them. I salute them. They did wonderful,” Keshi told supersport after the game.

Nigeria finished as runners up in Group A and will now meet the winners of Group B for a place in the semi finals.

Uganda, Morocco and Zimbabwe appear best placed to win Group B with Burkina Faso currently bottom of the section.

Nigeria’s quarter final game will be played on January 26 at the Free State Stadium, Mangaung

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