Glo/CAF Awards: Keshi Credits Players, Assistant Coaches on Award

The Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi has hinged his latest achievement as the Best African Coach of the Year on his players and assistants, saying they were the brain behind his victory.keshi 2

Keshi who was crowned the Best Coach of the Year for 2013 at the Glo/CAF Award Gala yesterday in Lagos, Nigeria dedicated his award to his players and assistant coaches.

The 51-year old recorded huge success last year, guiding the Super Eagles to the Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa, becoming the second man after Egyptian Mahmoud El-Gohary to win the title, both as a player and coach.

“For me, I wouldn’t have won the best coach of the year award if not for my players because I cannot do it alone,” he told media.

“Also to my assistant coaches, they worked behind the scene working their heads off all the time, it’s not easy. I only come out a while to blab my mouth a little bit. They are the ones engineering the whole thing.”

He however revealed that he was not displeased that Obi Mikel could not pick up the CAF best player award.

“It doesn’t really bother me that Mikel was not named as Africa’s best. I see Yaya, Drogba and Mikel as brothers of the same family and as long as the crown remains in West Africa, it’s a win-win situation. We thank God for everything,” he said.

Keshi is expected to jet out of the country on Friday night to join the Super Eagles B who are getting set for their opening game against Mali in the 2014 African Nations Championship.

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