Stephen Keshi

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has assured he is fully focused on leading the country to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.


After a three-hour, close-door parley in the office of the sports minister in Abuja on Tuesday, Nigeria?s longest-serving captain said the triumph in South Africa was behind him and he will work hand-in-hand with his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation, to realise the goal of seeing Nigeria in Brazil next year summer.

At the meeting were the minister, Bolaji Abdullahi, NFF president Aminu Maigari, chairman of NFF Technical Committee Chris Green, NFF director of competitions Mohammed Sanusi, Keshi and NFF assistant director (media) Ademola Olajire.

?I am happy to be back and fully ready and focused on the big challenge of qualifying the Super Eagles for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals,? Keshi said.

The sports minister charged the NFF leadership to forget the events of the past months and work very hard with Keshi in the task of steering the Super Eagles to next year?s football showpiece in Brazil.

?The triumph in South Africa was truly a delight and made Nigerians happy. But that feat will pale into insignificance if we fail to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals,? he said.

?The principle behind this meeting is that the country is bigger than all of us. We must forget the little things that might have transpired which we did not like. We must forget personal injuries and be prepared to forge ahead.?

NFF President Aminu Maigari commended the minister for all he has been doing for Nigeria football and remarked: ?South Africa 2013 was three months ago. In football, you are as good as your last result.

?We are all focused on the important task of qualifying Nigeria for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, and also to ensure that we do well at the FIFA Confederations Cup because we are representing the whole of the African continent.?


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