Keshi hits back at Okocha comments

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Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has hit
back at criticism of his World Cup
tactics from former Super Eagles
captain Jay-Jay Okocha.
“People have a right to their opinions,
but some people enjoy being
destructive,” said Keshi.
“When people who should know better,
like ex-footballers, criticise the team, I
don’t enjoy it at all.”
Nigeria are guaranteed to qualify from
Group F if they avoid defeat by
Argentina on Wednesday.
The Super Eagles would also go
through to the next round, regardless of
their result against Argentina, if Iran fail
to beat Bosnia-Hercegovina in the
group’s other match.
It was Nigeria’s 0-0 draw with Iran in
their opening match of the tournament
that brought stinging comments from
Okocha, who played 75 times for his
country and now sits on the technical
committee of the Nigeria Football
Speaking as a television pundit for
South African TV station SuperSport,
Okocha said: “Keshi did not do enough
work on the team. The tactical play
was so bad, I hold Keshi responsible for
But Nigeria improved in their second
match and a 1-0 win over Bosnia-
Hercegovina – Keshi’s first victory over
European opposition – put them in a
good position to reach the knockout
And despite the west Africans having
lost to Argentina at the 1994, 2002 and
2010 World Cups, Keshi is optimistic
his players will find their form and show
what they are capable of.
“The players have shown that they are
good enough for the World Cup but they
are yet to play to full potential,” he
“Argentina are worried because in
football anything can happen.”
Meanwhile, speculation that Keshi has
agreed to take over as the new boss of
Bafana Bafana has been rejected by the
South African Football Association.
Safa said in a statement that there was
no truth in reports that Keshi had
signed a two-year contract, insisting
no decision has been made over the
appointment of a new coach and would
not be made until after the World Cup.

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