Keshi said the team deserves a pat on the back for the 2-1 victory over the Ethiopian side, while noting the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) also deserved a commendation for its commitment to the game's development in Nigeria, especially since he took over as coach late 2011, reports Xinhua.
"It was a tough game because the Ethiopians are really good football players and they are athletic too, but I am glad we won because it makes the second leg a lot easier," the coach said.
According to the Nigerian coach, his team won the match due to experience and quality of the players.
"The match was a good game and we must also praise the resilience of the Ethiopians," he added.
Both teams will be due for a second leg tie of the World Cup qualifier in Calabar, capital of southern Nigeria's Cross River State, Nov 16.
--IANS (Posted on 14-10-2013)