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Published On: Sun, Oct 12th, 2014

Keshi should not be blamed for Eagles’ loss – Okocha

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OkochaFormer Super Eagles captain, Austin Okocha, has said Stephen Keshi and players of the Super Eagles should not be blamed for the poor results in the 2015 AFCON qualification. Nigeria head coach, Keshi and his men have come under criticism for a string of poor results which has seen them notch up just a win in 11 matches.

But Okocha, 41 and a former teammate of Keshi, believes the poor run of the African champions in the ongoing qualification of the Africa Cup of Nations is a reflection that “our football is long dead and gone.”

The ex-Paris St Germain man, apart from stating that Nigeria have now found themselves in an “unusual situation” in the AFCON qualification, posed a query by juxtaposing the country’s football affairs at administrative level and recent results on the pitch.

“Anyone that blames Keshi or the boys is short sighted. Our football is long dead and gone. This (loss to Sudan) is just the confirmation. “We are in a very unusual situation. The question is, do we deserve better considering the state of our football affairs in recent time?” Okocha stated via Twitter.

The African champions, Nigeria, are now bottom of Group A in the AFCON qualification with a point, six behind leaders South Africa. The Super Eagles will play hosts to Sudan at the National Stadium in Abuja on Wednesday.

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