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KESHI SALUTES EAGLES’ FIGHTING SPIRIT

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Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has praised the character and fighting spirit of his players after they staged a stirring comeback against Morocco to reach the semi-final of CHAN going on in South Africa.
Nigeria fell 3-0 behind after the first half with the Moroccans scoring three goals inside seven minutes only to fight back and draw level 3-3 in the second half before eventually grabbing the winner in extra time.
“It was tough but we used our strength and character to do damage in the second half against Morocco,” said Keshi. 
“I salute the boys for fighting back, they should work hard to get to the final.”
“I told them at half time that we were giving Morocco too much respect and we needed to be ourselves and play better, like we did against Bafana Bafana.
“The Moroccans are dangerous when they have the ball, but not that good when they do not have the ball.” 

Keshi had earlier been involved in another sensational comeback when his previous team Mali fought back from four goals down to hold hosts Angola to a 4-4 draw at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.
Skipper Chigozie Agbim said their sights remained fixed on the trophy on February 1.
“We played against a good Moroccan team, who had the first half, while we had the second half and God gave us the victory,” said the Enugu Rangers shot stopper.
“We now hope to go on and reach the final and get the trophy after we have qualified for the semi-final.”
Ejike Uzoenyi, who scored his third goal of the tournament against Morocco, was also voted the Man-of-the-match for the third time.
The Eagles will now face the winner of Sunday’s quarter final tie between Ghana and Congo DR, which will now be on Wednesday.
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