The Eagles open their World Cup campaign against Iran in Curitiba on Monday and Keshi insists his side are ready for the Princes of Persia.
The former Nigeria captain said,
“There would have been no reason to take part in the qualifying series if we didn’t believe we would make it to the final, and there would have been no reason to prepare so hard for the tournament if we knew we were only coming to Brazil to make up the number.
“I have a group of players who believe in themselves. They want to go as far as they can in Brazil, and the formula we will employ is to look at what is immediately in front of us and focus and plan on how to tackle it.” The 52 –year old, who played in the 1994 World Cup in the United States, said the Eagles would not underestimate the Iranians, saying they would not repeat the mistakes they made in the 1998 World Cup in France, where the players underrated Denmark in their Round of 16 clash. Keshi said, “The situation was unfortunate.
That is why you must always focus on your immediate challenge. We definitely lost to inexperience in 1994. Here in Brazil, we have a mixture of youth and experience. We are ready to fly.”