By Ameenu Shardow
Coach Stephen Keshi insists Nigeria is not afraid of meeting any team at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations including their recent nemesis, Ghana.
The re-rising West African giants are making their return to the competition since failing to qualify for the last edition in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
The Super Eagles are amongst the second seeds going into Wednesday’s AFCON draw at Durban – meaning they could be facing the Black Stars (top seeds) at the group stage.
Ghana have always beaten their West African rivals at the Nations Cup since 2008 and the trend is very much likely to repeat itself if both teams face each other at next year’s finals in South Africa.
But the tough-talking Keshi believes his side is well equipped to reverse this trend against Ghana and the other pre-tournament favourte especially with their sights set on winning the title they last won in 1994.
“I have said to a lot of people and will say it again that I am not afraid of any team in the championship draws,” he said.
“You don’t win a championship by being afraid of your opponents and that is the spirit with which I am going to the draws with.”
The last time Nigeria beat Ghana at the AFCON was in 2006 in Egypt where an average Black Stars team succumbed to a 1-0 defeat in the first Group D game.
Ghana eventually got eliminated after just the first round after picking just a single win in the group which had Senegal and Zimbabwe as the other members.