Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi says he hopes his team B does the nation proud in next month’s African Championship (CHAN), but won’t promise to bring home the trophy.
The home-based Eagles continued their build-up to the tournament billed for South Africa by beating Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Niger Tornadoes, 2-0 on Wednesday with goals coming from Barnabas Imenger and Ikechukwu Azubuike.
The team will be up against Plateau United in their next match on Saturday.
Keshi rued the time constraint between now and the opening of the championship- meant for footballers from within the continent- as a factor which could tell on their level of preparedness for the title challenge.
“It’s because we’ve got little or no time and we are working with new boys on this project, but I hope we do the nation proud in CHAN, but I cannot promise the trophy,” said Keshi.
Meanwhile the former Togo and Mali coach reiterated his commitment towards ensuring he claim to an Eagles shirt is performance based.
He restated that skipper Joseph Yobo, Osaze Odemwingie, Lukman Haruna, Chinedu Ogbuke and others, who have not wore the green and white jersey for some time now, are still part of his plans.
“We don’t want to play names, but any player who can bring success to the team is what we are after and if these players we have mentioned have it, then they can go with us to the World Cup,” he said.
“We have players as old as 39 years old playing at top level for their countries and some have been very successful at that, I want to see that happen in Nigeria.”