Football African Cup of Nation - Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, has stated that the country’s national team’s 1-1 draw against the Stallions of Burkina Faso in their opening group game of the African Cup of Nation on Monday is only a 'temporary setback' for the team.
Keshi, in a post-match conference, said he was ready to psyche his boys to put the smiles on the faces of Nigerians when they meet the Chipolopolo of Zambia later this week.
“I’m going to let the boys enjoy their sleep tonight; I will definitely take it up with them tomorrow. We have played four games together as a group in the last 20 or 25 days because we are still building and I want to commend the boys for this feat,” he said.
“I won’t blow up the Eagles because we still have a wide chance of progressing into the next stage of the competition,” he added.
Speaking on the exclusion of Victor Moses from the national team’s starting list against Burkina Faso, Keshi said he could not risk the Chelsea star as he was suffering from a hamstring injury while they were in Faro, Portugal.
“I wouldn’t want to look stupid by introducing Moses into the game and withdraw him after a few minutes, but we hope he gets better for our next group game against Zambia,” he said.