Stephen Keshi proud of Nigeria despite defeat

Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi during a press conference on June 16, 2013
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Stephen Keshi says that a lapse of concentration cost Nigeria against Uruguay in Salvador.

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has said that he is proud of his team despite their defeat to Uruguay in Group B of the Confederations Cup.

Goals from Diego Lugano and Diego Forlan sealed a 2-1 victory for Oscar Tabarez's men in Salvador.

"It all came down to a question of concentration," Keshi told reporters. "We switched off for the second goal and it cost us the game.

"Nevertheless, I'm very proud of what my boys did, considering the difference in experience between the two sides. I hope we can maintain this standard and just up the concentration levels a bit and be a little more professional."

The African champions must defeat Spain on Sunday and hope that Tahiti beat Uruguay in order to qualify for the knockout stages, but Keshi said that his team will be fired up despite elimination being all but certain.

"We can't wait to play them," he added. "Anything can happen. That's what makes this such a great game."

Nigeria beat Tahiti 6-1 in their first game.

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