The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) says the Super Eagles must not embarrass the country by failing to qualify for the quarter-finals of the on-going African Nations Cup.
Keshi’s side have two points and are second in Group C which includes leaders Burkina Faso who have four, defending champions Zambia who also have two and the underdogs Ethiopia who have only one.
All four nations have a chance to progress to the quarter-finals and as a result, victory a must.
Nigeria led 1-0 in their matches against Burkina Faso and Zambia but late goals denied them victory and this has worried the NFF, whose member Ahmed Muazu Kawu told South Africa’s The Guardian, “Nobody is happy that we are not winning our matches but if you look at the circumstances that surrounded our games, we will still not condemn our players.
“If we fail to qualify to the quarter-final stage of the competition, it will be a disappointment to all of us here (in South Africa) and the people back home.
“We are happy with the way the boys have been playing so far. We could all see that there was an improvement in their game against Zambia as compared to what they did against Burkina Faso on Monday.
“It will be a shame to the whole country if we fail to pick a quarter final tickets. If our players do what is expected of them we will make it to the final.”
Nigeria’s players criticised the state of the Mbombela Stadium turf where they drew their two matches, but will now face Ethiopia at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, while Zambia face Burkina Faso at the Mbombela. Kick-off is at 6 pm, Nigerian time for both games on Tuesday night.