After being asked if he feels under-appreciated by the fact that his countrymen do not have confidence in his team, Keshi paused, looked up to the ceiling and said; “it’s a shameful thing if my nation do not have confidence in their team. I think it’s a pity. I have confidence in this team and we are ready for Sunday”, he said
The loss of faith in the Nigerian National Team is not a recent development. It is a thing that has gradually built up over the years, with myriads upon myriads of poor performances from the team. And, the manner in which the team started the 2013 Nations Cup has not shown Nigerians that there has been some form of improvement, hence the disinterestedness.
Also speaking in a World Press Conference in Rustenberg, the venue of the quarter-final match that has been termed Super Sunday, Super Eagles skipper, Joseph Yobo said that they would fear no foe on Sunday: “We respect the Ivorian team because they have got big names in their squad. But this is football where big names have no impact on football. Our team are young and have got determination to excel. We are focused on moving ahead and I believe in this team”, he said.