Cape Town - Super Eagles midfielder Abdullahi Shehu has said Stephen Keshi’s pep talk helped to raise the level of team’s performance
in the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN).
Shehu said the current
harmony in the team is unique and that the team is like a family.
The Kano Pillars FC player added that the team had put the
1-2 defeat by Mali behind them.
“That’s what motivated us to perform well in our remaining
two games that we played, because when we lost the game the coach came to us
and encouraged us.
“Hey boys, let’s do it; I believe in you;
relax your minds and play your normal game. Put the loss
behind you, that game is gone. If you really want to go far in the tournament
you have to improve your performance in the remaining two games,” he said.
Shehu added that the players were fully focused on the match
against the Atlas Lions of Morocco on Saturday in Cape Town, which he described
as a must-win match.