WORLD CUP: Victory over France is not negotiable – Keshi


Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has insisted that Nigeria will go all out against France, in other to get a result well deserved outright win over their French counterparts in Brasilia on Monday.

The former togo coach, stated this on the arrival of the team in Brasilia on Saturday. Keshi said: “I said before the tournament that our mentality must be strong. “Our approach to every match has always been the same: to win. 

Whether we are playing against Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup or playing against Liberia in a friendly match, I always tell the boys that victory is non-negotiable. “For us, we will go into Monday’s match aiming to win. But as I also said before the competition, we take it one match at a time. We don’t even want to think of who might be lurking in the quarter finals if we win.

“We are not bothered. All we know is that we must win on Monday.” The winner in Monday’s clash that starts at 5pm Nigeria time (1pm Rio de Janeiro) will face either of Germany or Algeria at the elegant Estadio Maracana, venue for the final on July 12.

France is the favorite for the match, but things have not just been what they look like in this World Cup, so you don’t count any team out. There is only one recorded clash between Nigeria and France at the senior level. That was an international friendly in Paris, France on June 2, 2009, which the Super Eagles won by a lone goal. The goal was scored by Joseph Akpala.


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