Keshi: Nigeria are on right path, but not there yet

The Super Eagles coach said that the team needs to work very hard even after winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title in Johannesburg on Sunday

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi remained humble on Sunday after his team won the Africa Cup of Nations in Johannesburg. Sunday Mba’s 40th minute goal was all that separated both teams.

Keshi who took over the team after they failed to qualify for the 2012 edition of the tournament told media that he is proud of the squad but that more needs to be done to make the side a great team.

“We’re not there yet,” said Keshi at press conference. “My plan was to build a good team for Nigeria when I came on board almost a year and half ago.”

“Now we are on the path to building a great side.”

Keshi is the second person to win the trophy as player and coach. He captained Nigeria to the Afcon title in 1994.

Throughout the tournament he's flown the flag for African coaches and said that local coaches must be given the patience to build teams by federations instead of being hounded out and replaced by European coaches.

Nigeria will now represent Africa in the Confederations Cup later in the year.