Abuja - Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has given words of encouragement to the team ahead of their two friendly games in January in the United Arab Emirates.
Nigeria will tackle Ivory Coast on January 11 and then meet Sudan six days later on January 17 in Abu Dhabi.
At the weekend, Keshi put a call across when the team was gathered in Abuja and asked to speak to the entire team through teleconference.
Assistant Coach Dan Amokachi and Team Coordinator, Emmanuel Attah, moderated the interaction between the players and other team members including the backroom staff. Keshi, who is presently holidaying in Benin City, told the players to take instructions from his assistants, Amokachi, Houandonou Valere and Ike Shorunmu seriously and play according to instructions.
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He added that he believes in the present home based squad to acquit themselves well against Ivory Coast and Sudan, adding that they should show no respect to big names, because they no longer play football but current form do.
“The players you are going to play against don’t have two heads or four legs and they are not more talented than you, so you can beat them and tell them that football is not dead in Nigeria”, he said.
In their response, the players led by Chigozie Agbim promised to do for the country.
The conversation was a sign that the team remains in the mind of the national team handler, even when he’s yet to put pen to paper for a new contract.
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