On November 2, 2011, Stephen Keshi was appointed coach of the Nigerian senior national team. Just 5 days after erstwhile coach, Samson Yebowei Siasia was relieved of his duties after failing to qualify the Eagles for the 2012 Nations cup.
19 months and 18 competitive games after, how has Keshi fared?
With his first 5 games without a defeat(2 wins and 3 draws) and executed with a sizeable home-based representation in the squad. The nation felt a new broom has finally come to sweep the cobwebs of the previous tepid performances from the Eagles. A defeat in the next game against Egypt brought the team down to earth, though Egypt got a late winner that helped them beat us 3-2, the performance of the sizeable home-based contingent impressed and fed the belief Keshi had in them.
Only recently Keshi lost his 18 game unbeaten run stretching back to May 2012.
Keshi has taken charge of 18 competitive games since taking over the job. And his statistics is impressive, though can, and we should definitely expect to be improved.
Games Win Draw Loss
18 9 7 2
That is a 50% win ratio, not exactly in the league of that of Spain, but for a team in progress it’s definitely an excellent stat.
A draw ratio of 38.95% though borders on the high side, is still encouraging. It shows that we have the fighting spirit to hang on to results and avoid defeats, which is something we’d need to get to and through the World cup with our reputations unscathed.
A loss ratio of just 11.1% is just phenomenal, especially considering the facts that the 2 defeats came only of recent at the Confederations cup at the hands of Spain and Uruguay.
Keshi’s attack have produced 33 goals in those 18 games, average of 1.83 goals a game. A statistics that we hope to improve on if we have our full complement of attacking options.
16 goals conceded is, for me, a worrying statistic. That’s roughly a game every game. Not acceptable from the African champions. But understandably our centre-back pairing are only just getting used to themselves, so we expect that with more games and more chemistry built, we would en d our philanthropy in our post.
Keshi’s defensive tactics have arguably improved. In his other previous jobs he had a loss ratio of 30% and 20% draw ratio. Which shows inability to hang on and see out games. Statistics he has improved on since becoming the Super Eagles coach. He still keeps the same win ratio of 50%.
On his individual rating front, Keshi is rated a sthe 27th best National team manager in the world. Moving up from 28th last month. Giddying heights if you compare where he was before he took the Super Eagles’ job. As at Jan 2012 he was ranked 90th, his managerial pedigree rated below Shuaibu Amodu, who came in at 36th.
In conclusion, when Keshi was appointed, he was tasked with reaching the 2014 World cup quarter final. Do you think he’s on course? We’ll like to know what you think.
BY -Aderemi Adesoji