Super Eagles Manager, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi came hard on his team when he said the players did not play to style in an international friendly against the Greek national side that ended goalless in Philadelphia USA on Tuesday night.
Keshi said at the post match conference that the team played unlike themselves in the first half and only start to play to style 15 minutes to end of the game.
“It’s a game we should have won easily but here we are not playing to our style. We play possession football and press the opposition to give up but we didn’t do that till towards the end of the game but its part of the learning curve and we will get there before the World Cup starts.
On players output, Keshi said all the players picked were desperate to impress in the game against Greece but noted that when such happens, the manager has to understand the realities. Speaking specifically on Osaze Odemwingie, Keshi said the player wants to give what he thinks he has not given in the last two years and in the process he made mistakes.
“Osaze is one of our versatile players who can play anywhere in the forward line and he tried to give his all against Greece, but it was simply not his day, even when I shifted him to the right wing he kept pushing but as a footballer myself I knew he has to rest and give his best at the World Cup”.
He also praised the output of Skipper Joseph Yobo, who played in the second half of the game describing him as sharp and ready to go.
The Nigerian coach when asked about what to expect in the game against USA, declared that he expects a better game from his wards.
“With Jurgen Klinsmann in charge we expect a little bit of German mentality but we have a Nigerian antidote and we hope to see a better game”.
The Super Eagles left for Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday afternoon, with Keshi promising that his wards will give their all in the game against the Yankees.