Stephen Keshi allays Super Eagles fears ahead of 2013 Afcon

Nigeria’s coach Stephen Keshi is well convinced that his side will be victorious in the Africa Cup of Nations despite faltering in friendly games
Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi is optimistic his charges will live up to expectation and go all out in this year's Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

The Eagles failed to glitter against minnows Cape Verde in a friendly match on Wednesday where they put up a below average performance, but Keshi believes there is no cause to worry.

“Yes, there were errors and mistakes here and there in the game but the boys did very well and we must remain confident that they will deliver in South Africa,” he told Complete Sports.

“Friendly games are aimed at spotting errors and shortfalls in a team, and correcting them.”

Keshi added: “The match has afforded us the chance to know the areas we need to work on and I must assure that the technical crew has made necessary observations and will work on them before the competition begins next weekend.”

The Super Eagles are drawn in group C alongside defending champions Zambia as well as minnows Ethiopia and fellow west Africans Burkina Faso.

The Nigerians will begin their campaign for a third Afcon trophy on January 21 against the Stallions at the Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit followed by the Zambian game four days later also at the same venue while the third game again Ethiopia will hold at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg on January 29, 2013.