Cuiaba: Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi hopes the momentum from Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina will set his side on a similar path to that they followed in winning the last African Nations Cup.
“I think the character of the boys and the fighting spirit of the team showed. It was tough. But I liked what I saw,” he said after Peter Odemwingie’s first half goal lifted Nigeria to four points after two games in Group F.
Although Bosnia had an Edin Dzeko goal wrongly disallowed, coach Safet Susic found no excuse for performances lacking the zest that got them to the finals. “We lost to a better team,” he said.
Nigeria: Vincent Enyeama; Efe Ambrose, Joseph Yobo, Juwon Oshaniwa, Kenneth Omeruo, Ogenyi Onazi, John Obi Mikel, Ahmed Musa (Shola Ameobi, 65), Peter Odemwingie, Michael Babatunde (Ejike Uzoenyi, 75), Emmanuel Emenike
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Asmir Begovic, Toni Sunjic, Emir Spahic, Mensur Mujdza, Haris Medunjanin (Tino-Sven Susic, 64), Miralem Pjanic, Muhamed Besic, Izet Hajrovic (Vedad Ibisevic, 57), Zvjezdan Misimovic, Senad Lulic (Sejad Salihovic, 58), Edin Dzeko
Man of the Match: Peter Odemwingie
Referee: Peter O’Leary (New Zealand)