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Stephen Keshi: Tension Anxiety & Frustration to Blame for Super Eagles’ underperformance



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After the Nigeria v. Iran match yesterday which ended in a scoreless draw, many of Super Eagles’ fans expressed displeasure about the game’s outcome.

Stephen Keshi, coach of the Super Eagles says the team performed below expectations due to tension, anxiety and frustration, Punch reports.

“We had all expected to wrap up the game within the first 20 minutes, but tension, anxiety and frustration combined to adversely affect the team.

But you know this is football. It is not the end of the World Cup; the boys had tried to score goals many times and their failure to secure early goals must have led to anxiety.

We will give our best in the two matches left. I tried to offer advice to the boys at the end of the first half, but you know I cannot jump into the field to play for them because that will not be possible.

The boys made their promises but did not quite get over it,” he said. 

Mikel Obi, defensive midfielder for the team also spoke about the issue, reportedly stating that, “We still have two games to go. We have to get back and correct our mistakes. They (Iranians) came out to frustrate us.’’



  1. Dolly

    June 17, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Shut up Mikel, they didnt come out to frustrate you, they played you. They put up a defensive game and more than half the time of the match, y’all had possession of ball but kept blowing your chances. Y’all kept falling on the field like some starved, no strength players…..seriously it was one boring lackluster performance.

  2. AngryNigerian

    June 17, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Just listen to yourself Mikel. Did the Iranians come to cheer you guys up before?
    Playing without an agenda against people with an agenda.

    • nene

      June 17, 2014 at 5:24 pm


  3. jcsgrl

    June 17, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    This potbellied coach should remain in that seat he was sitting in throughout the match and shuush his mouth. Did he think the world cup was interhouse sports? Mcheew

  4. Banke

    June 17, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    we need to encourage the supereagles, not castigate them. Jesus! Nigerians and their bad mouth.

    P.S this ‘na only you waka come’ statement needs to stop. It’s being used out of context most times.

    • Iris

      June 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Last world cup Nigeria played Argentina and they beat us 1-0. The Nigerians I know had more respect for the Super Eagles after that game compared to this one where we didn’t get beaten. Nigerians also had more respect for Ghanaians yesterday who actually got beaten. The point is to put your heart into it. No matter what the score is, we will cheer you. Yesterday’s game with Iran was just nonsense.

  5. Teedee

    June 17, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Excuses Excuses Excuses and more Excuses……….ohhhhhhhh please enough already

  6. Superfly

    June 17, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I still feel nigerians are a little to hard on these guys.even if they are the most worst teams we should still cheer them up.they are so tensed up because there are too many people insulting them.i wish them the best in thier next game.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      June 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Hahaha! Haven’t you seen Nigerians with their own kids? The child comes home with a report card of “2nd overall best student” and instead of congratulating the pikin for doing as well as that, the parent is asking “so, the person who came first, do they have 2 heads? What did they do that you couldn’t do??”.

      Extreme one-upmanship is in our DNA and once the World Cup games kicked off with such amazing performances by The Netherlands, Costa Rica and Portugal, you didn’t need to bet money that Nigerians were going to flay the Super Eagles alive if they didn’t also “show themselves” on the field….

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      June 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Delete “Portugal”, replace with “Germany”.

  7. madamoiselle

    June 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    A poor farmer blames his tools. Dazall!!

  8. nene

    June 17, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    i have read rumours of match fixing during these world cup, and the nigeria-iran game has also come up on the list. i just didn’t understand why keshi was smiling at the end.

    • Amaka

      June 18, 2014 at 2:11 am

      I was just thinking of the same thing..
      Hmm Kesh I don’t want to accuse you of match fixing.

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