Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi says he won’t be stunned, were he not to be third-time lucky with the side he helped grab a second successive World Cup ticket.
Keshi was an assistant to Shuaibu Amodu and played a significant role in qualifying Nigeria for the 2002 World Cup jointly co-hosted by Korea and Japan, but the duo were axed before the finals as Adegboye Onigbinde took over the reins.
Keshi has now said he will not lose a sleep were he not to lead Nigeria to the 2014 Brazil World Cup after qualifying the nation for her fifth appearance.
“Yes, it has happened before in 2002. So I can never be bothered about that. In Nigeria, anything is possible. I’m not even worried about that,” he said in an interview with Sporting Life.
A dispute with top Togo’s national team players at the 2006 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt prevented the 51-year-old from leading the tiny West African nation to her first appearance at the Germany World Cup.
For championing the best eras of Nigeria football including captaining the Super Eagles to win the Tunisia 94 Afcon on their way to a debut appearance at the USA 94 World Cup, Keshi has already carved a niche for himself in the Nigeria football folklore.