Super Eagles chief coach, Stephen Keshi has said he has done 75 percent of the work required to make African champions a complete team that can confront any opponent from around the world.
Keshi who drop this hint during media parley with sports writers in Abuja, appealed to Nigerians to exercise patience and support the team. “The team is still on a building process.
Though we have done 75 % of what we want and we will continue to add and subtract until we get there. It will take a long time to build a team and Nigerians should exercise patience and keep supporting the team. “We can’t say simply because this group of players won the Nations Cup they should remain there forever or if we see another good player that is better than some of the boys we shouldn’t invite him to the team.
It is a work in progress,” he said. The former coach of Togo and Malian national teams also debunked insinuation that there is fissure between him and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). He said both him and Aminu Maigari led NFF administration are grown up men that have understanding and respect for each other. Keshi reportedly resigned his position as the Super Eagles head coach few hours after he guided the team to AFCON victory following misunderstanding with some member of the NFF executive committee members.
He maintained that he has a good relationship with the NFF. “Please can’t you be positive? Must you talk of crisis all the times? We should say something positive or things that will encourage the team and not things that will distract us. “I wonder what people want to gain by saying I’m fighting the NFF. We are all grown-up men and we understand ourselves and respect each other. I said what I feel was not comfortable with at then by letting them know.
But now I am okay. I don’t have any problem with NFF,” Keshi said. The 51-year old coach who is yet to lose a competitive match since taking over from former coach, Samson Siaisia, added that he has nothing personal against NFF. “It is not about me or anybody in NFF. It is about moving the nation forward and makeing Nigerians proud. Now everything has been resolved,” he added. Keshi is expected to lead out his boys on March 23 against the Harambee Stars of Kenya in an all important 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Calabar.