Keshi relieved after victory over Tahiti


Stephen Keshi admitted he was a relieved man, after his players avoided injuries, as they whitewashed newcomers Tahiti 6-1, in their first game at the Confederations Cup in Belo Horizonte.

The team is already without Emmanuel Emenike, Victor Moses and Kalu Uche, while Ogeni Onazi missed the match with a knee injury he picked up against Namibia. Keshi is hopeful the Lazio midfielder will be available against Uruguay on Thursday.

“There are no (new) injuries to the players, because I’ve already lost four players,” he said.

“With all this journey we’ve been having, arriving yesterday (Sunday) morning at four o’clock, I’m just happy there’s no major problems concerning injuries.”

The former Eagles defender, also confirmed that the dispute over bonus payments has been resolved and their attention is completely on the competition.

He said: “The issue of the bonuses has been settled. Nothing is holding us back anymore and all we need to do now is play football.”

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