Tuesday, 5 February 2013

we want to win Nigeria and make Malia happy

Captain of the Malian
national team, Seydou
Keita, has said that they
are looking forward to
winning their semi-final
clash against Nigeria on Wednesday, to put smiles
on the faces of their
compatriots, back home in
their country ravaged by
war. Mali progressed to the last
four, after defeating hosts
South Africa on penalties and
are trying to get through to
the finals, where they might
face Ghana or Burkina Faso. "The situation at home is
beginning to be normal and we
want to be able to bring joy to
the people of Mali," Keita said
at the pre-match press
conference. The former Barcelona
midfielder, also expressed his
admiration and respect for the
Nigerian team and said it wasn't
about settling scores - Keita
led an Under-20 side that defeated Nigeria, when they
hosted the World Youth
Championship in 1999. "I respect Yobo," he said. "But
tomorrow's game is not going
to be between the two
captains, it's going to be a
collective effort of our team. "It's true that I haven't won
any trophy with Mali but now
we have a chance in the semi
final to win something. We need
to win tomorrow's game and
get into the final before then," he said. Keita also spoke about facing
former manager of their
national team, Stephen Keshi,
who was in charge for two
years and took them to the
Africa Nations Cup in 2010. He said: "It's true that Keshi
knows us very well and we
know him very well too but it's
going to be a very tough game. "It's our third time in the semi
final. We'd like this time to go
further and to win it."

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