Nigeria Coach Rated Best Tactical Genuis

In Ghana News Feed
Feb 15th, 2014

The national soccer coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has been rated as the best tactical genius of 2013 by Jonathan Wilson of the Bleacher Report.
But why?

ssDuring the press conference after Nigeria had beaten Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations quarter-final in February, Mark Gleeson—the doyen of South African football journalism—raised his hand to ask a question.

Stephen Keshi, Nigeria’s coach, saw him and recognised a figure who has dominated reporting on the African game for a couple of decades. “Big man,” he beamed (Gleeson is 6’9”). “I haven’t seen you in ages. Where have you been?”

“I’ve been covering the big boys,” Gleeson replied, at which Keshi, as he is prone to do, tossed back his head and laughed. He knew, as did the rest of the room, that there was a truth in the joke. Nigeria had not even qualified for the Cup of Nations in 2012 and, although they have been regular semi-finalists over the past decade, they hadn’t really looked like potential winners since 2004.

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