Keshi never doubted his Eagles


Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi insisted he has never doubted his team's ability to reach the last 16 at the FIFA World Cup.

Osaze Odemwingie's 29th-minute goal gave Nigeria a crucial 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Recife on Saturday, boosting their chances of advancing from Group F.

Nigeria only need a point in their final group game against the already-qualified Argentina, or for Iran to fail to beat Bosnia.

Keshi said he always believed in his team despite a lacklustre 0-0 draw against Iran in their opening game.

"Everybody is happy in west Africa - Ghana got their result (a 2-2 draw against Germany) and we won. It’s good for the continent," he said.

"The fighting spirit we showed was good. I never thought that we wouldn't make the round of 16. I have the players.

"But look at Iran today, if it was not for Lionel Messi (they would have held Argentina). We need to work hard for the game against Argentina."

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