Abuja - Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has expressed satisfaction with the
team’s performance against Ethiopia's Walya Antelopes in an
The match, which ended 2-1 in favour of the Eagles, was played at the Abuja National Stadium on Saturday.
It was to prepare the Super Eagles Team B for the third edition of
the African Nations Championship (CHAN) n South Africa from 11 January to 1
Keshi told newsmen after the match that he was not bothered about the scoreline but how the players performed.
The Super Eagles opened scoring as early as the fourth minute through
Ifeanyi Ede and doubled the lead in the 29th minute with Uzochukwu
But the Walya Antelopes got their consolatory goal through an own
goal from Eagles' captain and goalkeeper, Chigozie Agbim, in the 81st
"The scoreline is not important for me, but how key the team is in
terms of discipline and tactical display, and I am happy with what I
''This is because it was just yesterday that we did the drills and
they could remember it throughout the 90 minutes. So, I am impressed,’’
The Super Eagles coach added that the team met a good opposition who had been together for a long time.
"Their team (Ethiopia) is a national team and they have been
together for a long time and they have experience, because it is the
same team we played against in Calabar (during the 2014 FIFA World Cup
qualifiers last November),’’ Keshi said.
He however noted that the Super Eagles were far from being set for
the championship (in South Africa) and they needed to keep working on
all departments of their game.
Ethiopia's coach Sewnet Bishaw was also impressed with his players'
performance, saying ''it was a good game for my players and they played
nice in spite of the scoreline.
"The purpose of the game was to gain experience and we have gained a
lot. This is because both goals scored by the Eagles were from
"So, we have taken that as our mistake and we will have to work on that before the championship starts.
"Also, we will correct the other mistakes we discovered and build a very strong team for CHAN,'' Bishaw said.
He expressed optimism that both teams would go far in the
championship basically meant for players featuring in their country's
The Super Eagles have
been drawn in Group A of the championship with hosts South Africa, Mali