Brazil 2014: Keshi optimistic of a good outing

Coach Stephen Keshi is optimistic that his team, the Super Eagles, will put up an impressive performance at the 2014 World Cup when it kicks off on June 12 in Brazil.

In an interview with, Keshi said that he believed in the technical ability of the team, pointing out that the experience from the African Nations Championship also brought some good lessons that would aid preparations for the World Cup.

“It was good to spend five weeks together. These players are doing well and that is the bottom line. They will have a chance to be called up for the World Cup, though it is too early to name any names. That will happen closer to the time. Nigerians expect a lot from the team at the World Cup, so we will have to work very hard and make sure we can make them and ourselves proud,” he said.

The former Super Eagles captain used the opportunity to assure players in the domestic league that they had a chance of making the World Cup team if they performed impressively.

“I have worked with them. They know what I want; I know the standard I want them to be at before they can play. I have studied the players and managed to instil confidence in them. Once achieving those goals, they are ready to go, just like the professional players in Europe.”

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