Our victory is for Africa – Keshi

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has praised the Super Eagles following their 1-0 win over Bosnia on Saturday night and dedicated the result to all of Africa, Skysports reports.

The Super Eagles are now favourites to reach the last 16 alongside Argentina, who they face in their final Group F fixture, following their narrow success in Cuiaba.

Stoke striker Osaze Odemwingie scored the only goal of the game when he converted from close range after Emmanuel Emenike out-muscled Emir Spahic on the right flank.

Bosnia had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside in the first half and then saw Edin Dzeko hit the post in added time to crash out of the tournament.

And with West African neighbours Ivory Coast and Ghana also making a big impression in Brazil, Nigeria boss Keshi is determined to make sure his team are among the continent’s representatives in the last 16.

He told FIFA.com, “Everybody is happy in West Africa; Ghana got their result (2-2 draw with Germany) and we won.

“It’s good for the continent.

“The fighting spirit we showed was good. I never thought that we wouldn’t make the round of 16. I have the players.

“But look at Iran today, if it was not for Lionel Messi. We need to work hard for the game against Argentina.”

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