The former Dolphins assistant coach has disclosed his happiness at Nigeria's win at 2013 AFCONEl Kanemi Warriors' Technical Adviser, Zakary Baraje has asserted that the country's senior national team's triumphant march at 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa showed that Nigerian coaches are as good as their foreign counterparts.
Stephen Keshi led Eagles were heavily criticised by the local media as not being up to scratch to make it to the last four of the Africa's biennial soccer competition before it started some two weeks ago.
But the team braved the odds and shamed critics to beat pre tournament favourites, The Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire on the way to winning a third African title after a 1-0 win over the Stallions of Burkina Faso in the final on Sunday.
Baraje told Goal.com that Keshi's triumph in South Africa has given credence to the fact that Nigeria is blessed with good coaches that could hold their own against others of their peer if given the enabling environment to perform.
The former Dolphins of Port Harcourt assistant coach noted that it was wrong for Nigerians to have written the Eagles off after their not too pleasing results in the first round in South Africa stating that other nationals stand by their team even when things go out of hand.
"The Eagles' victory in South Africa has vindicated Nigerian's coaches. It has shown that we are as good as those in foreign land with the same enabling environment.
"Nobody can relegate us to the background again. We have shown that given the neccessary support and motivation, we can compare favourable with the best coaches anywhere in the world.
"They made us proud and Keshi even did more because his victory as black coach indicates that something good can come out of us," Baraje disclosed.