Keshi wary of Ethiopia

Stephen Keshi feels this year's African Nations Cup is wide open as his Nigeria side prepare to face Ethiopia.

Last Updated: 28/01/13 at 12:30

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi feels this year's African Nations Cup is wide open as the perceived gap between the bigger and smaller teams continues to narrow.

The Super Eagles must beat Ethiopia at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Tuesday to ensure their progression from Group C, with previously unfancied Burkina Faso and reigning champions Zambia occupying the top spots going into the third round of group games.

Nigeria were held to draws by both nations and Keshi remains wary of Ethiopia's potential to spring a surprise, especially considering Cape Verde's shock win over Angola last night.

He told Nigerian newspaper Vanguard: "I am very impressed with what I have seen so far. You can no longer differentiate so much between which teams are better.

"In the old days you could predict how many goals one team was going to score against the other but now you don't know what is going to happen.

"You might think one side will win but you don't know. I think this is wonderful for African football.

"The competition is so tight, you look at the likes of Ethiopia and Cape Verde and some of the other countries. I am very impressed with their performances and the standard they are reaching."

Ethiopia returned to the showpiece tournament for the first time since 1982 and gave themselves a slim chance of a quarter-final place by claiming a 1-1 draw with Zambia.

A 4-0 defeat to Burkina Faso followed, though, and coach Sewnet Bishaw knows the goals have to flow against Nigeria if the Antelopes are to turn the mathematics in their favour.

He told Vanguard: "We hoped that we would play again like the first game and take a point against Burkina Faso.

"We're not going on to the field to defend, because defending will only give you one point. Now we must try to play against Nigeria to score goals and get three points.

"If we get three points, in total we'll have four, and may qualify for the next stage.

"Not only will we just score one or two goals, we need to score lots of goals, otherwise it is a matter of dignity for our boys."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Fixtures

There are no fixtures at present.

Footer 365

Mark Hughes angered by officials in Stoke win over Hull

Mark Hughes was pleased with Stoke's 1-0 win over Hull but angered after the officials missed a challenge on Stephen Ireland.

Sean Dyche downbeat after Burnley lose to Swansea defeat at Turf Moor

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says his side must start turning performances into wins after losing 1-0 to Swansea at Turf Moor.

Jonas Gutierrez wants top-10 finish for Newcastle after return

Jonas Gutierrez has targeted a top-10 finish with Newcastle after returning to the squad for the win against Aston Villa.

Mail Box

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

Rodgers Is More Of A Paisley Than A Rafa

Most Liverpool fans in the Mailbox are claiming to be pleased to see the back of the Europa League. Plus merging the Europa and Champions League, and winter WC...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company