AFCON 2013: ‘Keshi not a Cup of Nations failure’

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Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen KeshiThe Nigeria Football Federation on Monday lashed out at those giving the false impression that Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi has never won a match at the Africa Cup of Nations.

“This impression is not only false and a fallacy, but is uncalled-for on the eve of a crucial match at the Africa Cup of Nations,” said Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Assistant Director of Media.

Olajire continued: “Keshi is not a Cup of Nations failure. He won the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and has won a match at the Africa Cup of Nations as a Coach. Although his Togo side was winless in Egypt in 2006, Keshi was in charge of the Mali National Team when they defeated Malawi 3-1 at the finals in Angola three years ago.”

The NFF spokesman also pointed out that Mali was eliminated in the group stage in Angola only by the head-to-head rule. “The Eagles of Mali came from four goals down to draw 4-4 with the host nation in the tournament opening match, and then lost 0-1 to Algeria before beating Malawi 3-1.

The same Malawian team had beaten Algeria 3-0. Mali finished on four points as Algeria and had even healthier goals difference than Algeria, but was eliminated on the head-to-head rule.”

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