Super Eagles handler Stephen Keshi says he’s delighted to have won the Coach of the Year Award, adding that he expects Victor Moses, who picked up the Nigerian Footballer of the Year award to give his hundred percent to the national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Both Keshi and Moses were on Tuesday, awarded the coveted accolades at the Nigerian Sports Award which held at the Muson Centre in Lagos.
Keshi claimed the Coach of the Year gong ahead of Golden Eaglets coach, Manu Garba, after leading Eagles to a third African Cup of Nations (Afcon) triumph in South Africa in February and also qualifying the side for a fifth FIFA World Cup in Brazil next year.
“I never thought of being nominated let alone being named the Coach of the Year in Nigeria, the first time I will be receiving such an award. I am overwhelmed and thankful to those who thought me good enough to be so honoured, God will honour them,” said Keshi.
While congratulating on-loan Liverpool of England forward, Moses, Keshi expressed satisfaction with the former England youth player’s commitment to national duty but urged him to give more.
“He is a talented youngster and has been giving his total commitment when he comes to play for Nigeria, but I believe that he has only given us 80%, we hope he will give 100% at the World Cup. He is still young but he can do better for the Super Eagles,” he added.
On Mikel Obi, who was voted Sports Person of the Year, the Super eagles coach said: “For Mikel, I am happy that gradually the world is recognising his talent which he has been showing anytime he plays in the national team. I salute him and I am proud of his achievement but must also say it’s just the beginning of greater things to come for all the players in the national team.”