Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Keshi orders Zambia's coach to shut up

Super Eagles handler, Stephen Keshi, has rubbished his Zambian counterpart Herve Renard for writing off the Super Eagles, saying the French man should desist from derogatory statements against Nigeria.

Livid about Renard’s comments yesterday, the former Hawks of Togo gaffer told SoccerStar on telephone that football was not played on the pages of newspapers but the pitch.

“I want to believe he (Renard) is playing a mind game here, but I think that is too early in the day. Renard should wait till we meet Zambia in South Africa,” Keshi said.

“He is a coward and has simply revealed that he is scared of the Eagles. He said he wasn’t impressed with my team against Cape Verde. For me, that’s an insult because a good coach should know that that was a test match and that the game was used to see the boys in a match situation,” he added.

“Renard should talk about other things and stop passing insults on Nigeria. I have great respect for Zambia. They are the defending champions and there was no how I could have made such a remark about them. Anyway, we have few days to prove him wrong.”

The Big Boss also noted that the Super Eagles were not concentrating on beating the Zambians only, but would take other countries in their group very serious.

“We have a mountain to climb against Ethiopia in the first game before we would begin to think about Zambia. So, we are not singling out a team as all the games are very important to us,” Keshi said.

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