Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has reacted to comments made by Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella in which the South American claimed La Albiceleste would be feared by rivals at the World Cup in Brazil.
Nigeria and Argentina are in Group F alongside Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the World Cup. While Bosnia are making their debut at this year’s event, Nigeria and Argentina have met thrice at the World Cup level since 1994.
Sabella is banking on the magic of Lionel Messi and an array of defenders, but Keshi would rather have the battle done on the pitch instead of naming any star player.
“I don’t fear people, I respect people. Fear is not in my agenda; I don’t see my team scared of any other team at the World Cup.When we go to Brazil in June, you will all see what will happen. Let’s just leave it that way,” the Africa Cup of Nations winner said in Lagos on Tuesday.
“We’ll take every match as it comes. The important thing is to have our players ready for the tournament.”
Keshi, who was a guest of Friesland Campina WAMCO Plc at the unveiling of a campaign in support of the Super Eagles ahead of the World Cup, played the lead role in the new Peak Milk TV commercial.
The tactician was recently queried by the Nigeria Football Federation for attending a press conference in Lagos without its permission, but on Tuesday, Keshi claimed the football body knew about his movement.
“NFF is aware of my activities in Lagos. Peak is the official milk of the Super Eagles so my employers are aware of my presence at this event,” he said.
“I’ve worked with kids in the United States so it wasn’t new for me to work with them in the TV commercial. It’s a lot easier working with kids; they give you everything you ask of them.
“I always try to avoid doing TV commercials. The last one I did was 25 years ago, with the late Rashidi Yekini. But this time, I couldn’t say no.
“I didn’t know about the importance of milk until I became Mali coach for two years. In every household in Mali , the first thing they take in the morning is milk. When I went back to the US , I asked my doctor about this practice and he told me how important it is.”