No excuses, NFF warns Keshi

The Nigeria Football Federation told Stephen
Keshi they expect his team to beat Liberia
on Saturday and qualify for the 2013
NFF director of technical Emmanuel Ikpeme
made the declaration in a chat with
Ikpeme, who led the advance party of the
NFF to Calabar, said, “The federation have
given the coach all he needs to give
Nigerians result this weekend so there
would be no room for excuses.
“No national team coach should wait for
last minute permutations to qualify for any
tournament. Every national team coach
should win all their matches and that is
what we expect from the Eagles.
“They should win this weekend in Calabar
and save us the headache of any
mathematics as regards qualification.”
Last October, the Eagles failed to qualify for
the 2012 Nations Cup after they were held
to a 2-2 draw by visiting Guinea in Abuja.
Coach Samson Siasia would subsequently
lose his job after he urged his players to go
for a third goal when they were leading 2-1
only for them to leave their defence wide
open for Guinea to launch a quick counter
attack and score a crucial equaliser in
stoppage time to eliminate Nigeria from the
competition.A 2-1 win over Guinea on that
fateful day would have qualified Nigeria to
the last AFCON.
Keshi’s contract is tied to a performance
clause which stipulated he qualified Nigeria
to the Nations Cup in South Africa and
reach at least the last four of the biennial

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