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17.11.2013 Sports News

Ghana coach pats Keshi for Nigeria feat

By Ghana FA
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The rivalry between Ghana and Nigeria knows no-bounds but off the field, there's respect and friendship.

With news of Nigeria having secured their place at the World Cup, Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has congratulated his friend, Stephen Keshi for the feat.

Nigeria on Saturday became the first side from the continent to qualify for next year's finals in Brazil after a 2-0 victory over Ethiopia confirmed a 4-1 aggregate play-off win.

"Congratulations to them[Nigeria]. They have done well," Appiah said.

"He's my friend, [Stephen] Keshi. We have always been in touch and I am really happy for them. We have become very close friends and we talk on so many issues."

With Keshi having taken the lead, Appiah hopes to follow suit and guide the Black Stars to confirm their place at Brazil 2014 when the play Egypt in the return leg on Tuesday after a 6-1 first-leg victory.

"Egypt has got a every good team, no doubt about that. Even though we won, we are not going to get it easy. We are not going to sit back. We will try and get a win," Appiah added.

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