THE Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi, has declared that their final Group F Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier on Saturday in Calabar is not a do-or-die affair.
Briefing journalists Wednesday in Calabar on the team’s preparations for the crucial encounter, he said: “I have always believed in hard work. I do not believe in anything that is do-or-die. I am not under any pressure. We are only going to give our best on Saturday.”
On the controversy over his comment on the Malawian coach, he said he only defended Nigeria and the Super Eagles, adding, “whatever I said was not directly to him personally.”
Keshi also said that Ikechukwu Uche of Villarreal of Spain was still part of the team, adding that he had nothing against any player, noting that Nigeria has a lot of players but not all of them would play at the same time.
“Only 11 players are needed in any match, so it is not possible to call everybody at the same time.”
Keshi described Calabar as the home of the team and thanked the people and government of Cross River for their reception.
Also speaking, the stand-in Captain, Vincent Enyeama, said he was not in any competition with any player in the team, adding that all the goalkeepers in the squad were equally good.
Enyeama added that he would soon leave the stage for the younger goalkeepers but was not specific on when it will happen.
He stated, “the camp is amazing and I thank God for that. The first training was great with 12 players but I am optimistic that come Saturday we will win.
“Almost everybody is in camp. Calabar is one of the most secured places in Nigeria. I do not really know where they got the information that Calabar is not secure.
“Calabar is also quiet. But I want the Flames to come out and play their game, have fun and be happy. We are professionals; we know what is at stake and what is expected of us. We are not under any pressure…we are going out there to adorn the colours of Nigeria, which we are also proud of.”
As at Wednesday afternoon, 20 players were in the Metropolitan Hotel camp of the Eagles, while three players were being expected.
Some of the players in camp are Vincent Enyeama, Chigozie Agbim, Emmanuel Emenike, Obinna Nsofor, Ahmed Musa, Godfrey Oboabona, Sunday Mba and Azubuike Egwuekwe.
Meanwhile, the state’s Police Command has reiterated its readiness for the game.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Hogan Bassey, gave the assurance in a telephone interview in Calabar, adding that the command was putting measures in place to ensure that adequate security was provided before, during and after the match and “it is not in our character to disclose our strategies but I can assure you that the police command is ready to provide adequate security.”