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BRAZIL 2014: EAGLES BELOW PAR AGAINST GREECE, WILL BE BETTER VERSUS US – KESHI

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Super Eagles handler, Stephen Keshi came hard on his team when he said the team did not play to style in the international friendly against Greece that ended goalless in Philadelphia USA on Tuesday night.

Keshi said at the post match that the team played unlike itself in the first half and only start to play well 15 minutes to the end of the game.

“It’s a game we should have won easily but here we are not playing to our style. We play possession football and press the opposition to give up but we didn’t do that till towards the end of the game but it is part of the learning curve and we will get there before the World Cup starts.”

On players’ output, Keshi said all the players picked were desperate to impress in the game against Greece but noted that when such happens, the manager has to understand the realities.

Speaking specifically on Osaze Odemwingie, Keshi said the player wants to give what he thinks he has not given in the last two years and in the process made mistakes.

“Osaze is one of our versatile players who can play anywhere in the forward line and he tried to give his all against Greece, but it was simply not his day, even when I shifted him to the right wing he kept pushing but as a footballer myself I knew he has to rest and give his best at the World Cup.”

He also praised the performance of skipper, Joseph Yobo, who played in the second half of the game, describing him as sharp and ready to go.

“Of course that’s why he is the leader of the team.”

The Nigerian coach when asked about what to expect in the game against USA, declared that he expects a better game from his wards.

“With Jurgen Klinsmann in charge we expect a little bit of German mentality but we have a Nigerian antidote and we hope to see a better game”.

The Super Eagles left for Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday afternoon, with Keshi promising that his wards will give their all in the game against the Yankees.

 

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