ABbuja - Nigeria national team head coach, Stephen Keshi, said his African champions can hold their own against the world’s best in the upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup.
Despite the Super Eagles pooled alongside world champions and favourites, Spain, Keshi was in buoyant mood saying his team was not scared of any opponents taking part in the Festival of Champions scheduled for Brazil from June 15.
Tahiti and Uruguay complete Group B in the two-week tournament.
“The Confederations Cup will be tough with all the continental champions on parade, but I can assure you that the Eagles will give good account of themselves in Brazil and see where we stand at the end of the day,” said the former captain.
"Playing against world and European champions Spain and South American champions Uruguay will not be easy. We shall give them some respect but we shall not fear them. So long as it is going to be 11 against 11 on the pitch, we can spring some surprises," Keshi said.
He said while qualifying for the 2014 World Cup also in Brazil was a top priority, the team will nevertheless give the 2013 Confederations Cup their best shot.
Keshi is also focused on the two World Cup qualifying matches away to Kenya and Namibia.
“We shall approach the Confederations Cup with the same seriousness that won us the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. But before then, we hope to pocket the maximum points in Kenya and Namibia to boost our World Cup qualifying chances,” he said.
- CAJ News