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Lawal takes a swipe at Keshi

25 November 2014, 09:38

Abuja - Former Nigeria international Garba Lawal believes that Stephen Keshi needs to accept full responsibility for the team's failure to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Nigeria were able to salvage a 2-2 draw against South Africa in Uyo on Sunday, but Lawal had suggested that the national team was not deserving of a win, adding that it was actually fortunate to have escaped with a draw.

Lawal said that the current Nigerian team did not display enough tactical acumen throughout the campaign, suggesting that the brand of football produced under the tutelage of Keshi was never likely to produce regular results.

"Of course, the coach, not players should be held responsible for the failure of the team to qualify the country," Lawal told Goal.com.

"The coach picked the players, if he didn't invite them they won't play," added Lawal, who appeared to be particularly perturbed by some of the squad selections during the qualifying campaign.

"The players he paraded could not bring result for us, when we have a pool of talents who could have done better. In football, you cannot appreciate any player when a team fails to get results.

"It is a team failure. For the game against South Africa, all the players did not do well because he had no tactical game plans. I have no bias or grudge against Keshi as many purport, but I can't keep quiet from saying the truth about what affects our game," added the former Super Eagle.

"If we must move forward as a country, we must tell ourselves the obvious. Keshi is a great coach, but we must come out clean."

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