Though ranked 129 places below Nigeria (43) in the latest FIFA rankings, Super Eagles’ trainer, Stephen Keshi has posited that Chad (172) will not be handled with kid gloves in their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Gabon 2017 Group G opener scheduled for 13 June 2015 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.This is Keshi's third time on the job, after his reappointment last month when he signed a two-year contract, . He won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on his first tenure but his contract was not renewed after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where the Super Eagles failed to progress beyond the Round of 16.
He was later drafted on a match-by-match deal, which ended in November after failure to reach the finals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, which took place in Equatorial Guinea few months ago. Speaking further, Keshi admitted he’s now wiser since the Super Eagles’ humiliating 3-2 home loss to Congo in their 2015 AFCON qualifier opener, which largely contributed to their not being able to defend their crown in Equatorial Guinea. On the upcoming fixtures, the 2013 African Coach of the Year, said the Super Eagles would have to work their luck in a campaign that also includes Egypt and Tanzania, adding that the rule of success for his new team is focus, unity and discipline.