Abuja – Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has apologized to Nigerians over the 1-0 loss to Sudan in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played on Saturday.
The Super Eagles returned to the country on Sunday morning after the shock loss in Khartoum, to a cold reception from Nigerians, which was expected, going by the passion Nigerians have for the game.
Keshi, who spoke to a handful of Sports journalists, said he was disappointed at the result like every other Nigerian, as he had hoped to use the game to kick-start Nigeria’s quest for a back to back Nations Cup trophy.
“I must ask you to help me apologise to Nigerians for this loss because they have so much believe in this team and here we are disappointing them. The day was simply not ours, because we had a couple of early chances that we would have used to bury the game but the ball simply refused to enter into the net.”
“Once again, on behalf of the team I want to apologise to Nigerians and promise them we will make an immediate amend come Wednesday. This is the first time I am doing this in my entire career as a player and coach”, he said pensively.
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Captain Vincent Enyeama also spoke in a similar vein, appealing to Nigerians not to lose faith in the team.
“We didn’t go out there to lose to Sudan but it has happened and that is now history and I apologise on behalf of my teammates for that but we must quickly forgive and forget because we have a game on Wednesday and if we win that and our last two games, we will still be in Morocco”, he said confidently.
The Lille goalkeeper said he has already spoken to his teammates and they have resolved that there will be no compromise in the battle for the nine points remaining in the next three games. “Let Nigerians forgive us and also pray for us to win our remaining games”, he declared.
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