Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has turned his attention to the Africa Nations following the country’s exit from the ongoing 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil on Sunday.
Nigeria exited the competition on Sunday a 0-3 loss to World Champions, Spain. The team had earlier lost to Uruguay 1-2, with the 6-1 defeat of minnows, Tahiti their only victory.
Super Eagles will host the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire between July 6 and 7 in the first leg of a two-leg qualifying fixture with the return leg coming up in Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire, between July 27 and July 28.
The forthcoming Nations Cup is scheduled for early next year in South Africa and is meant for players in the domestic leagues of African countries. Nigeria has failed to qualify for the championship on two occasions since it was introduced by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in 2009.
Keshi, in a statement by Super Eagles Media Officer, Ben Alaiya, said he would ensure that the country qualifies for the championship for the first time.
“We will go back home, take a few days rest and prepare for our CHAN qualifying match against Cote d’Ivoire in the coming days and hopefully, we should be able to make it through,’’ the statement quoted Keshi as saying.
NAN recalls that the Super Eagles 0-3 loss to Spain in the team’s last group game on Sunday led to its exit from the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup