2013 Africa Cup of Nations: Nigeria team to beat – Keshi

Super Eagles’ manager, Stephen Keshi, has said it’s rather his side’s Afcon group foes that should worry their heads at the forthcoming football hostilities in South Africa. Nigeria is in Group C, together with Cup holder, Zambia, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.

Keshi, whose domestic wards kicked off the Afcon training on Monday at the Practice Pitch in Abuja National Stadium, said his concern was to raise a strong side that would challenge for the title at the South Africa 2013 event. “I don’t need to worry my head over Zambia, Burkina Faso or Ethiopia. They should rather worry themselves about us. My main worry is to prepare the team adequately and come up with a squad that will give Nigerians the third African title in South Africa.

“You don’t waste huge time thinking for yourself as well as others. You allow others think for themselves while you use your valuable time to do positive work,” said the former Nigerian defender to supersport.com. Keshi expressed satisfaction with the forms of the domestic players at the Monday’s training session. “Our training is turning out well, I pray it continues to progress as clock ticks for the Afcon 2013. The players are responding fine.

I think they’re picking the right mentality, I’m excited at the progress made so far,” he said. However, it was gathered that players returning from prolonged injuries might not make the cut for the Afcon game. This thinking could threaten the chances of the like of Joel Obi and Onyekachi Apam, among others.

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