Keshi: We will have stronger squad before Afcon

The Super Eagles coach has said the team will be better able to defend the country’s colours before the start of the Afcon following Wednesday’s friendly game

Following the 1-1 draw earned against star-studded Catalonia in Wednesday’s friendly international, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has said his side will be better prepared before the Africa Cup of Nations starts in a fortnight.

Bright Dike’s second half strike cancelled out Sergio Gonzalez’s early penalty goal to give the visitors a good draw in Barcelona.

Ikechukwu Uche missed opportunities to increase the lead that would have seen the Nigerians grab an upset against the Catalonians as they looked confident with substitutions in the second half.

Keshi said he was happy at the display of the team but was not totally done yet with building a strong team.

“In the next two weeks we should have a stronger and more reliable team to defend our colours come South Africa 2013,” Keshi said.

Keshi is expected to announce his final squad for the tournament in coming days.

Nigeria will begin their campaign against Burkina Faso in Group C on January 21. They will also play against defending champions Zambia and Ethiopia.