Namibia was tough, says Keshi... blames referee

Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi says the Brave Wariors of Namibia were a hard nut to crack when both sides met on Sunday in the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil qualifier.

Nigeria managed a slim 1-0 win over the Brave Warriors, courtesy of a goal scored by Ikechukwu Uche in the 81 minute of the match.

This goal came after lots of misses by the likes of Uche, Victor Moses and John Utaka in a game the Eagles dominated for most parts.

“We created lots of scoring chances in the game but unfortunately we could not score.

“You know anytime an African country comes to Nigeria to play, it’s like a Cup final for them and they play like this so we expected it and we prepared for it in training,” Keshi said.

Keshi said while the Eagles trained ahead of the game, they prepared for a team that would park the bus.

“We knew they would come and block the defence line, play delay tactics which was what they did.

“We trained on how to move with the ball and give the quick penetrating passes which we did and got some chances which we didn’t score,” the gaffer said.

Keshi also blamed the referees on the day for bad calls made against the Nigerian team.

“We tried to prepare ourselves for bad officiating while training by ignoring some bad calls because it happened to us in Rwanda but this is different because we are playing at home and don’t expect the referees to do this to us.

“This is where we expect the press to do their thing. It was totally uncalled for. This is our home and we have referees who are against us this way and no one is doing anything about it.”
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