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Coach Keshi Hails Eagles After Defeating Ethiopia



Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has saluted his CHAN-bound team after edging past Ethiopia 2-1 in a friendly on Saturday.

First-half goals by Ifeanyi Ede and Ugonna Ozochukwu set the tone for an Eagles victory in Abuja, reports.

And Keshi said he will take some satisfaction from the tactical play of his home-based team especially in the first half.

“I am very impressed with the performance of the team especially on tactical play. If I get this kind of performance in all our games in CHAN, I will be satisfied,” quoted Keshi as saying after the match.

“We played against a very good side. This is the first team of Ethiopia, very experienced team, the team had been together for a long time and my boys played under a little pressure, they wanted to impress the crowd, they wanted to impress the media.

“The first half they played together and I think it should be like that, but in days to come they would improve.

“We are not yet a team, we are still working. You cannot get a team under three weeks, it’s impossible, expect you are a magician.”

Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw said his team had learnt some lessons from the match.

“The purpose for today’s game was to get experience for the younger players even though they have been together for long. So the purpose of this game is just for exposure and we have learnt a lot from the game,” he said.

“We have never conceded a goal from a throw-in. Today we saw that goals can be scored from throw-ins, we have learnt from that and we will try to correct our mistakes,” he stated.

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