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Keshi praises players’ determination, mental toughness


Stephen Keshi (Nigeria) - Copyright : Panoramic

It was a total upset yesterday at the Rustenburg stadium where the Super Eagles of Nigeria downed the Elephants of Ivory Coast to advance into the last four of the Orange Africa cup of nations.

Sunday Mbah claimed the winner in the 78th    minute as the encounter ended 2-1. The Super Eagles had taken the lead in the first half through Emmanuel Emenike before Tiote’s second half header leveled the score. It was Nigeria’s best performance at South Africa 2013 so far after a timid group stage. Head coach, Stephen Keshi has expressed absolute satisfaction for the hard-fought semifinal move. “I know the mentality of my players, their level of concentration and I knew they could make it. We started the game well and were tactically disciplined”, Keshi noted in a post match interview. The Super Eagles will need to beat Mali this Wednesday to secure a place in the final to be played February 10 in Johannesburg.

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