Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles are currently ranked 58 in the world, an index that shows that the team did not make any move in the last 30 days.
When Stephen Keshi took over in November 2011, the team was ranked 43rd in the world and over the last 10 months, the team has slid as low as 63rd – in May before rebounding to 58.
Coach Keshi is currently preparing the team for a two-legged make or break affair against Liberia to determine who will get to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. In a recent interview the national gaffer said he believes the team has improved in his 10 months in charge.
He is most pleased about the development of the local players whom he has grafted into the Eagles team.
“Seeing the local players grow,” said Keshi to mtnfootball.com. “The bulk of the team in most countries start from their home-based players.
“This was how we came through during our own days and I believe there are a lot of young, talented home-based players who are hungry to succeed,” the longest serving Eagles captain said.
He also gave kudos to the Nigeria Football Federation for believing in the course he is charting for the team.
“The amount of cooperation and support that I am getting from the NFF and of course the patience that some Nigerians are having over the build-up has been encouraging,” he added.
But Keshi added the caveat that he is not satisfied with the results and expects better from the team in the coming matches.
“I wouldn’t want to use the word satisfied, but I’m okay with what I’m seeing.
“Satisfied would be when all the home-based players have changed their mentality and see this as a serious business and not just about wearing your country’s uniform and standing out there to sing the national anthem.
“They have to realise this is serious business and give 110% always,” Keshi concluded.