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Keshi wants Nigeria to keep improving

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said winning the Africa Cup of Nations is just another step for his side as he looks to build a ‘great’ team.

Keshi, who took over after the side failed to qualify for the 2012 edition of the tournament, watched on as his players won the final in Johannesburg thanks to Sunday Mba’s 40th-minute goal against Burkina Faso.

But Keshi, who captained Nigeria to the Afcon title in 1994, said the team must continue to improve.

“We’re not there yet,” he told reporters.

“My plan was to build a good team for Nigeria when I came on board almost a year-and-a-half ago.

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

Goalscorer Mba hailed the victory as ‘a dream come true’ in what was the Super Eagles’ first final since 2000.

“I’m so happy it is a dream come true. I don’t know what to say,” Mba told Eurosport.

“We really worked hard and we were looking forward to this day and I’m so happy for this.

“It will go a long way towards my career. This is my first time and I’m very happy.

“We gave all that we had.”

Keshi became just the second person in history to win the trophy as a player and coach, after Egyptian Mahmoud Al Gohari.

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

Sun 10 February, 2013
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